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 meaning of the Eucharist in everyday life Homily for the 20th week in Ordinary Time

This homily was delivered at the Church of the Assumption in Nashville, TN on Sunday, August 16, 2015, the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, cycle B. Continue readingThe meaning of the Eucharist in everyday life Homily for the 20th week in Ordinary Time

Come away to a deserted place Homily for July 19, 2015 - Introducing the Podcast

I delivered this homily on Sunday, July 19, 2015, at Saint Pius X Parish and the Church of the Assumption in Nashville, Tennessee. This was the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Continue readingCome away to a deserted place Homily for July 19, 2015 – Introducing the Podcast

Homily for Corpus Christi “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” (John 6:56)

POPE BENEDICT HOLDS MONSTRANCE DURING VESPERS SERVICE AT ST. PETER'S BASILICAWe come to this great feast every year, and each time, one of your priests or deacons stands up here to remind us of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. There is no question whatsoever that he means precisely that in this passage. He repeats himself over and over as he tries to drive that point home, and yet some of us deny it because “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” or “This saying is hard. Who can accept it?” Continue readingHomily for Corpus Christi “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” (John 6:56)

The cutest thing in the history of mankind: The sequel

Some of you may remember when I shared the cutest thing in the history of mankind a couple years ago. Well, Isaiah was three years old at the time. Now, he’s five, and he’s still playing Mass. It turns out that one of the professors here at the seminary (actually, the academic dean since last academic year), Dr. Tom Neal, is friends with this family, and he passed along this video. Continue reading “The cutest thing in the history of mankind: The sequel”