The Prodigal Son: We must take the first step Homily for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The paralysis of sin Homily for Thursday of the 13th week of Ordinary Time

This homily was originally preached at St. Edward Catholic Church in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 30, 2016.

Jesus came to Capernaum and healed a paralyzed man. There were two steps to this healing. First, he healed the man’s soul then his body. We must seek first for the Lord to heal us from the paralysis, the slavery, of sin.

The promptings of the Spirit Homily for the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady

This homily was delivered at St. Edward Church in Nashville, TN on May 31, 2016. I don’t have a full text to offer you of the homily since I only made myself a vague outline for it. Here are the readings on which it was based, though. Continue readingThe promptings of the Spirit Homily for the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady

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).

Drop that boulder: a homily for a reconciliation service “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)

Doing good, not sinning, following Christ is simple, right? All you have to do is love God with your whole heart, soul, and mind. Oh, and love your neighbor as yourself. See? Simple! Unfortunately, it’s not easy. I know that. You know that. Anyone who says it is easy is just plain lying (or maybe fooling themselves); of course it’s difficult to live so that our actions always follow from our love of God. There are so many things in life that we just plain want more than to live in love of God – at least for the moment. And the enemy is smart; he knows how to trick us down that road. He never tempts us with something that we would immediately reject. He starts small – like the tiniest grain of sand. Now, I’m from Florida, beach country, and I can tell you that, if you’re sensitive to it, a single grain of sand can be pretty uncomfortable. But let’s be honest, we are not all that sensitive – to sand or sin. Continue readingDrop that boulder: a homily for a reconciliation service “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)