Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

The Church gives us the gospel of the Transfiguration each year on the Second Sunday of Lent.  How does this mystery shape our understanding of the Lenten discipline? Podcast: Play … Continue Reading →


Homily for the First Sunday of Lent, 2015

Our Lord’s forty day fast corresponds to the forty years that the Israelites wandered in the desert. In both cases, the goal is the Promised Land, in the Old Testament … Continue Reading →


Homily for Ash Wednesday, 2015

When our bodies are sick, we take medicine to address the symptoms as well as the underlying cause. During Lent we apply the spiritual remedies of fasting, prayer and almsgiving … Continue Reading →


Homily for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2015

The leper whom Jesus heals in today’s gospel stands for all of us, who have been alienated from God by the effects of sin. How Jesus treats the leper, with … Continue Reading →


Homily for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2015

Jesus goes off to a deserted place to pray.  Afterward, He surprises the disciples with His decision to go on to other villages.  The Lord’s prayer is a model for … Continue Reading →


Homily for the Feast of the Presentation, 2015

Urban light pollution makes appreciation of natural light, the sun and the stars, difficult. Does this affect our ability to understand Christ as ‘the light to enlighten the nations’? Podcast: … Continue Reading →


Homily for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2015

Modern persons can find it difficult to make sense of the references to demons in the gospels. How do we understand Jesus’s confrontations with the demonic? Podcast: Play in new … Continue Reading →


Homily for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2015

We tend to hear the call to repentance in somewhat individualistic and moralistic terms. But our Lord today in calling His first disciples is offering us something much more radical … Continue Reading →


Homily for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2015

What intrigues us about ‘quest’ stories is that the characters often discover something other than what they set off to find.  Jesus asks His first disciples, “What are you seeking?” … Continue Reading →


Homily for Epiphany 2015

Because we understand God as transcendent, it is easy to misunderstand how He manifests Himself. In the infant Jesus, as well as on the Cross of the adult Jesus, we … Continue Reading →