The Woman at the Well Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

I preached this homily on the Sunday, March 19, 2017, the 3rd Sunday of Lent, at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Gospel was John 4:4-42, the story of the Samaritan Woman at the Well. Continue readingThe Woman at the Well Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

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.

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.

Show us the Father Homily for the Feast of Saints Philip and James

I preached this homily at Notre Dame Seminary on May 3, 2016.

“Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied” (Jn 14:8).
A few chapters earlier, some Greeks said to Philip, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus” (Jn 12:21). Continue readingShow us the Father Homily for the Feast of Saints Philip and James

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

Lives matter. So does forgiveness. Reflections on the United States in 2015 and a response to Roxane Gay in the New York Times

Note: I began writing this shortly after the attack at Emmanuel Methodist Church in Charleston, SC on June 17, 2015. Some of the specifics are now a little outdated, but I think the content as a whole remains as important now as ever. Continue readingLives matter. So does forgiveness. Reflections on the United States in 2015 and a response to Roxane Gay in the New York Times

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)