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August 19, 2018 – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Have you ever sent a message to someone hastily, only to realize later that it wasn’t what you really meant to say?  I think it’s happened to just about everyone.  Especially in today’s day and age, with the oh-so-fickle invention we call AutoCorrect.  If you don’t know, AutoCorrect is a software feature that is supposed […]

May 6, 2018 – Sixth Sunday of Easter (B)

Is God really present and active in the world?  It’s a question that lies on the minds of so many people today.  And I think that the answer is a resounding, unquestionable YES.  But it all depends on our understanding of who God is.  We have the key in our readings today. “Whoever is without […]

April 29, 2018 – Fifth Sunday of Easter (B)

The process of growing grapes is very finicky and precise, and, in many ways, it is counterintuitive.  Whereas, for just about any cash crop, one needs to find fertile soil, give the plants plentiful water, rotate the crops, and begin each season by planting new seed,by contrast, with grapes, it’s different.  The best soil for […]

March 4, 2018 – Third Sunday of Lent (B)

I think it was the early 2000’s when the movie Anger Management came out.  It was about a group of famously angry men who were court-ordered to take group therapy to deal with their anger.  It wasn’t a very good movie, but I went to see it because our basketball coach, Bobby Knight, was a […]

December 17, 2017 – Third Sunday of Advent

Do you like surprises?  Or do you prefer to know what’s going to happen before hand? I can say, without a doubt, that I am in the second group of people.  Whether it’s company coming over,an exam at school, or just the weather, I always want to be prepared.  I guess I get that from […]

May 21, 2017 – 6th Sunday of Easter (A)

Well, after last week’s movie-themed birthday party, I feel obligated now to come up with a movie reference in this week’s homily.  But the readings this week don’t so much lend themselves to a particular movie.  Rather, they remind me of a movie trailer.  Hollywood pretty much has movie trailers down to a science. There’s […]

March 26, 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Lent

Laetare! Be glad, y’all!  That’s the nickname of this, the 4th Sunday of Lent.  There’s lots to be glad about.  The flowers are blooming, the weather is beautiful, Lent is more than halfway over, and of course, the priest gets to wear the pink chasuble.  It’s a symbol of joy in the middle of a […]