What is love Homily for Thursday of the ninth week of ordinary time

I preached this homily on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at St. Edward Parish in Nashville, Tennessee. In the Gospel for today (Mark 12:28-34), Jesus is asked which commandment is the greatest. He answers with two commandments: love God and love your neighbor. So this raises the question, what does it mean to fulfill that commandment Jesus identifies as the greatest. I reflect on that question in today’s homily.

Mr. Father: Tear down that wall! The curse of cry rooms

Until I was about 7, I went to a parish that had a “cry room.” In my youth, I thought it a neat idea. This way, children could be loud during Mass. When I was old enough, I graduated from the cry room to sit with the rest of the people. When I was 7, my family moved, and we changed parishes. This new parish, built long ago and with old Spanish architecture, lacked any such accommodation. Continue readingMr. Father: Tear down that wall! The curse of cry rooms

Wives be subordinate to your husbands Husbands love your wives

Holy-Family-e1363717547408This is the preached version of my homily for the Holy Family. I preached this at St. Philip Catholic Church in Franklin, Tennessee, on the weekend of December 26 and 27, 2015. The text for this homily is here. Just remember, what I actually said is not necessarily what I wrote. These often differ a bit. Continue readingWives be subordinate to your husbands Husbands love your wives

Homily for the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Year C

I am going to go out on a limb, here. I am going to preach today on Paul’s rule for Christian households. “Wives, be subordinate to your husbands.” (Col 3:18) With that line, the husbands are smiling and nodding – a few probably are elbowing their wives to say, “See?” Believe it or not, There are a lot of wives who aren’t particularly fond of this verse. Continue reading “Homily for the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Year C”

Love’s raw materials The need for sensuality and sentimentality in marriage

The following is a homily I prepared for a joint assignment between my Homiletics and my Theology of Marriage class. It is based on a section of Pope Saint John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility, a text written before he was pope that could be described as the philosophical companion to his Theology of the Body. Continue readingLove’s raw materials The need for sensuality and sentimentality in marriage

A funeral homily for a tragedy A homily for a fictitious young lady - who exists in many people's lives

This homily requires a quick explanation. I never delivered this homily in a church, and I sincerely pray I will never have to preach one like it. This was an assignment for my homiletics class to preach a funeral homily for a seventeen year old girl who was a victim in a campus shooting. I realize that events like this actually happen in our world. Continue readingA funeral homily for a tragedy A homily for a fictitious young lady – who exists in many people’s lives