With Lazarus, once a poor man, may you have eternal rest Homily for Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Lent, Cycle 1

I preached this homily at St. Rita Parish, New Orleans, Louisiana on March 16, 2017.

The Gospel was the well known story of The Rich Man and Lazarus. When you are called home, will your soul be light because you emptied yourself out, or will you be weighed down by taking and taking until you have everything? Continue readingWith Lazarus, once a poor man, may you have eternal rest Homily for Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Lent, Cycle 1

I have come to fulfill the Law Homily for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, cycle A

I preached this homily on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Our Lady of the Rosary parish in New Orleans, Louisiana. The readings are Sirach 15:15–20, 1 Corinthians 2:6–10, and Matthew 5:17–37. Continue readingI have come to fulfill the Law Homily for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, cycle A

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

Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect Homily for Tuesday of the eleventh week in Ordinary Time

I preached this homily on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at St. Edward Church in Nashville, Tennessee. The Gospel of the day was Matthew 5:43-48. For this homily, I focused in on what it means to follow Jesus’ command to “Be perfect.”

* Sorry this one is a little out of order. I was not able to get around to preparing the audio files before the next Mass for which I had the homily.

 

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.

I am the vine. You are the branches. Homily for Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter (Cycle II)

A man died.
He came before the throne of God to be judged, and he made his case.
“I served the poor; I gave from my time, talents and treasures to serve the poor and the Church!” God replied, “I am pleased with that, but it is not what I wanted from you.”
“I taught in the seminary. I prepared men to be priests for the Church!” And God sighed, “Thank you, but that wasn’t the heart of my vocation for you.”
“I served as a priest in your Church! I wore myself out in service of you and the people of God!” God shook his head, “But you missed the most important thing I wanted.”
The man was at a loss. “What, then? What more did you want from me?”
“I want you.” Continue readingI am the vine. You are the branches. Homily for Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter (Cycle II)

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