Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent, 2014

John the Baptist is a voice crying out in the desert. What does this mean for us who live in the city? Is it a rejection of the city, or … Continue Reading →

Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent, 2014

How do we understand the role of John the Baptist in the Advent liturgy? Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Homily for the First Sunday of Advent, 2014

The New Testament has two different words for ‘time': ‘chronos’ indicates sequential time, one moment following another.  ‘Kairos’ indicates a favorable opportune present.  Christ’s advent partakes of both senses of … Continue Reading →

Homily for Christ the King, 2014

“When I was a stranger, you welcomed me.”  Who is the Stranger?  And how do we avoid welcoming the stranger in our midst, by a false familiarity?  And how might … Continue Reading →

Homily for the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, 2014

It may seem odd that the celebration of the dedication of church in faraway Rome should trump our usual Sunday celebration of the Resurrection.  In fact, it is only through … Continue Reading →

Homily for All Saints, 2014

The Solemnity of All Saints is sometimes spoken of as the ‘fulfillment of Pentecost’. In some way, it represents the ‘end of history’ and the realization of the New Age … Continue Reading →

On the Extraordinary Synod

Fr. Robert Barron is, as usual, the voice of reason and caution in the midst of breathless prognostication and agonized hand-wringing in many media accounts of the midterm report from … Continue Reading →

Homily for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2014

How do we respond to invitations? Are we eager to share in another’s joy? Or do we find excuses to avoid participating with full hearts in the Wedding of the … Continue Reading →

What is Solemn Vespers?

I first sang the music of Byrd, Victoria and Orlando di Lasso in concert settings. These concerts could often be quite moving, and a large part of the emotional impact … Continue Reading →

Homily for the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2014

As Master of the vineyard, God is entitled to all the fruits that our lives produce. This might sound threatening, if we do not also understand the Father’s patience and … Continue Reading →