Homily for the Solemnity of the Annunciation, 2015

The theme of apotheosis runs throughout human history. In the heart of humanity is a desire for transcendence. What makes this desire tragic is the inability to see that it … Continue Reading →

Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Lent (Third Scrutiny)

“If you had been here, my brother would not have died.” This question of the two grieving sisters raises an important question about why God allows evil to exist, and … Continue Reading →

Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Scrutinies)

The gospel of the man born blind, we find a bridge between the images of light that predominated toward the end of the Christmas season and the images of baptism … Continue Reading →

Homily for the Third Week of Lent (Scrutinies), 2015

Today marks the day of the first ‘scrutiny’, a public examination of the Church’s catechumens. The purpose is the determine whether they are properly disposed for the sacrament of baptism … Continue Reading →

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?

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’?