Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent, Year C Gaudate Sunday

I posted this homily text last week here. I delivered it last night at St. Joseph Church in Lakeland, FL, the parish in which I grew up. It was a beautiful moment to stand behind the ambo I first approached 30 years ago when I was in the school, there. Last night, I stood behind as a deacon preaching to the people of God instead of a first-grader reading a poem in the school Mass (we did that sort of thing back then).

Shout for joy! Sing joyfully! Rejoice in the Lord! Homily for 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year C

I prepared this homily for Saint Joseph Church in Lakeland, Florida. I will be preaching it there on December 13, 2015. This one is a big deal because I will be preaching it in the parish where I spent most of my years growing up – really all of them worth anything since my family attended that parish from when I was about 7 until well after I moved out on my own. Continue readingShout for joy! Sing joyfully! Rejoice in the Lord! Homily for 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year C

The sacramentality of the USPS A Lament on the demise of old fashioned mail

snail-mail-email-explainedCatholics are all about sacraments. Perhaps this is a surprise to you, but it’s true. Theologically, we believe that the sacraments are the ordinary way that God dispenses his grace to mankind. With that in mind, take a moment to reflect on the fact that every sacrament we celebrate as Catholics has a material component. Water is used in baptism, oil in confirmation and anointing of the sick, bread and wine in communion; the physical world expresses things – it’s just part of human nature that we see symbols in the world around us. Also, each of the material elements we use in these sacraments points to the sacramental reality being created. Take baptism, for example. We use water to clean ourselves; in baptism, we are washed of our sins. On top of that, water is a (I’m told rather messy) part of childbirth; in the sacrament, we are reborn (of water and spirit) as adopted children of God. It’s an important part of sacramentality that the normal material usage of something is raised so that the normal usage can point to the reality being conveyed. Continue readingThe sacramentality of the USPS A Lament on the demise of old fashioned mail

The God of the Unexpected A homily for baptism of an infant

The Baptism of Christ by the Circle of Francesco Albani
The Baptism of Christ by the Circle of Francesco Albani

This homily was delivered in class at Notre Dame Seminary on Friday, September 4, 2015. This one is shorter than most because we were asked to prepare a 3 minute homily to use for a baptism liturgy. Aubree is actually the daughter of a friend I used since I wanted to have a name to include in the homily. Continue readingThe God of the Unexpected A homily for baptism of an infant