On this Page I’ll be posting homilies from select Sunday masses or reflections that I offer. I hope you find them edifying.
Lent I – Humanism: Jesus fasted in the desert and found himself hungry at the end… but still able to rebuff the devil. Focusing on his humanity (he was hungry and he used no particularly divine powers in this moment), the Gospel reveals the amazing capacities of our humanity to choose the good and avoid evil.
Lent II – Magnificence: A Remarkably Lenten Virtue – on how God (and we) can use magnificence to bring about the end of fear and the conversion of souls.
Epiphanytide thru Ash Wednesday
VII Sunday OT (Quinquegesima Sunday) – Love… queen of virtues… and how we’ve been blessed to experience it through some of our Pastors. For all their gifts, they knew well, If I have not love, I am nothing.
VI Sunday OT (Sexagesima Sunday) – Continuing our examination of “Little Lent” we reflect on Faith with a little help from St. John Henry Newman… Faith, what is it? and how can a deeper understanding of faith help us more effectively witness to the world and win souls for Christ… starting with our own?
V Sunday OT – The beginning of the “Little Lent” our onramp to the holy season. Today we focus on HOPE. Hope is the sacramentalization of desire. Living hope helps us appreciate why we are disciplined in Church life… and what we need to purge in our lives.
IV Sunday OT – Presentation of the Lord (Feb. 2) – A day of mixed emotion… We look back on the Christmas/Ephiphany season… but we also look forward to Lent… How the Light illumines us and illumines our need for renewal. How the light shows us the way to perfect sacrifice.
III Sunday of OT – The March for Life and the amazing redeeming work God is doing in our city through our people. The Apostles are alive in our parishioners.
Christmas and Ephiphanytide
Baptism of the Lord 2020 – From whence our dignity? Human dignity and human rights come from who we are, not what we do or where we live or what we have. Who we are is beloved children of the Father.
Epiphany 2020 – Do I truly believe that the Light desires to work with me, to make me an instrument of divinity?
Holy Family Sunday – Families as sacramental: places where he lifts up our households to be places of contact with the divine… but in light of today’s challenging family dynamics can we reconcile ourselves with our histories… with our Loved ones?? Does the gift of the Holy Family still work? YES!! Here’s how…
Christmas 2019 – A meditation on desires yearned for, challenged and fulfilled on Christmas.
I Sunday of Advent – Everything begins in this new Church year with the gratuitous generosity of our God… this a great starting place and foundation for all of us.
II Sunday of Advent – in light of our sin, we need a Savior… and this Savior is understanding. The gift of understanding as the evangelical side of Wisdom.
Immaculate Conception – more than an idea… a concrete sign of hope from the beginning, through the ages and especially now.
Gaudete Sunday (III Advent) – What prevents us from rejoicing? …and what common treatment can we apply to help us rejoice as married people, single people, parish leaders?
November – Ministry to the Faithful Departed and the Last Things
I Sunday – Communion w/ the saints, with the living and with those in purgatory is our avenue to heaven.
III Sunday (EF) – The Lord’s love leads us out of captivity… filling our crosses with meaning.
III Sunday (OF) – Jesus is coming… Look busy! Healthy and Holy Time Mangement
October 2019 – The Rosary
I Sunday – The Rosary is the ideal tool for “holding on to God’s vision,” for fanning the flame of faith…carries our faith from a notional assent to re real assent.
III Sunday – How to persevere in prayer and receptivity with Our Lady
–Extraordinary Form Christ the King: Do I always and everywhere
worship the One True God alone.
–Ordinary Form 30th Sunday “We’re all weirdos”
September 2019 – Stewardship
Labor Day – The Nobility of Human Labor: we are made co-workers with God in the work of salvation, shepherding/stewarding all things toward the real rewards of heaven.
II Sunday of September – Financial giving is just the beginning. Do you know the cost of life with Jesus? It will cost us everything.
IV Sunday – Stewarding all things toward Christ from a place of love, not from earthly reasons/motivations.
IV Sunday – Stewarding our “dishonest wealth”: The universal end of all human goods, the role of the state in earthly stewarding, and our call as Catholics to steward all toward heaven itself.
V Sunday – The Rich Man and Lazarus: Care for the poor… attention to what we’ve seen and what we should’ve seen… a call to be thoroughly conscientiously HUMAN.
Assumption 2019: How Mary has guided and will guide our parish mission in downtown DC for another year – Receptivity, Beauty, Life-giving Maternity
Summer 2019 – A season of being on mission
Trinity Sunday – Our First Marching Orders for the missionary season known as Ordinary Time: Receive God’s grace freely, then give that grace freely to others. In a cynical utilitarian world, just start by overwhelming your neighbors in concrete love.
13th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Missionary Marching orders 2: For freedom Christ set us free- turning resolutely to the will of the Father frees us from slavery to this earth… “I” enslaves and attaches me to the world. Turn resolutely toward loving others.
14th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Missionary Marching Orders 3: Recognize that you have been called!… Don’t be a huckster!…Make the cross and resurrection second-nature for you.
15th Sunday of Ordinary time – Missionary Marching Orders 4: What is the foundation of being Catholic? What do we really think about Law and doctrine? The beginning of any covenant is relationship, first and foremost the relationship with Christ… which then leads to the most active living of law and doctrine.
16th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Missionary Marching Orders 5: Never forget his Divine Presence is REAL. By ministering to and loving the Divine Presence among us new life results: Abraham entertaining angels; Martha and Mary entertaining Jesus.
17th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Missionary Marching Orders 6: The Church is BEAUTIFUL. Her beauty is a manifestation of God’s beauty and that of his holy people. The lengths to which God will go to save a soul for the sake of his beauty in us. The beauty and power of the human will to choose God.
18th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Missionary Marching Order 7: Store up for yourselves treasure in heaven. Think on what is above… but how often do we fall into the old earthly thinking: partisanship vs. the transcendent identity that flows from our baptism. Put away differences, serve each other in mutual self-sacrificial love.
21 St Sunday of Ordinary Time – Two Homilies
Sacrifice and Evangelization: the ends for which we were made. “You were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness!”
Preaching the Kerygma: the simple beginning and end of all evangelization
Easter 2019 Mystagogia – Diving into the Sacraments
4th Sunday – Confirmation: Perfecting and Equipping us for Mission
II Sunday – The Transfiguration: Our Mission – Only by becoming one with the Flesh of Christ do we learn how to unify spirit and truth in our worship and evangelization
IV Sunday – Laetare – You ARE become light in the Lord. Looking at things, including our own conversion through God’s eyes. Going from being a taker to being a giver.
V Sunday – The Raising of Lazarus: We keep moving forward we keep growing we find joy again by putting all our causes in that place where our soul resides, on the altar of our hearts.
Palm Sunday – Life’s a tangle… but that’s where the Church excels… as with Jesus we turn resolutely toward Jerusalem, embracing the coming Cross confident in the Father’s Love
5th Sunday of Ordinary Time / After Epiphany: What kind of tools does God give me… What tools should I be using to propel me into my mission?
4th Sunday of OT / 4th Sunday after Epiphany: Taking the time patience and tenderness for our neighbors that Jesus never got.
Christmas and Epiphanytide 2018/19
Mother of God – Jan. 1, 2019
Building the Manger... an unfinished but wonderful project.
ADVENT 2018 – HOW DO WE WORSHIP
I Sunday of Advent – Receptivity, the beginning of worship…
II Sunday of Advent – Prayer: How do we pray after 8th grade???
III Sunday (Gaudete) of Advent – Humility: the first virtue in worship
IV Sunday of Advent – Offering our Bodies in Spiritual Worship: Why the Body matters to Prayer/Worship
NOVEMBER 2018 – WHAT DO WE BELIEVE?
I Sunday of November – What does it mean to believe? …to say, “I believe” ?… what are the consequences of belief?
II Sunday of November – “I believe in Jesus Christ” – the Lord’s descent to the earth, death and resurrection makes him the ideal high priest. We join our sacrifices, no matter how small, to his and cooperate with him in saving the world.
III Sunday of November – “I believe his Kingdom will have no end.” – Thoughts on the nature of the Kingdom.
IV Sunday of November: Christ the King (OF) – Who is this king in whom we believe? Lord over his own beliefs, passions and decisions.
Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran – The dedication of the first cathedral commends us to evangelize.
All Saints Day 2018 – The saints’ first step is a holy fear of the Lord, a fear characterized completely by Love.
OCTOBER 2018 – GOD GUIDES US
God Guides us through our priestly identity (the ordained priesthood and the royal priesthood of the faithful) 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time, 23rd After Pentecost
God’s Guidance is not dependent on “things”… It is with us even in and especially in poverty. – Blessed Karl of Austria and the 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time
God Guides us by Covenant and Sacrament – 21st Sunday After Pentecost, 28th of Ordinary Time
God guides us and revives us through the mysteries of the Rosary – Feast of the Holy Rosary
On Christian Humanism – 26th Sunday OT 2018 – 19th Sunday After Pentecost
On Faith and Works – 24th Sunday of OT 2018 – 17th Sunday after Pentecost
SUMMER 2018’s ABUSE REVELATIONS
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – January 1, 2018 – today’s feast gives us hope that is natural, supernatural and perpetual.
30 Sunday OT – Three subjects for self-scrutinizing as we approach the year’s end
29 Sunday OT – How do we persist in prayer and evangelization in the midst of impossible choices?
26 Sunday OT – Heaven, Hell, Purgatory and how a parish makes saints
25 Sunday OT – In praise of our young adults
24 Sunday OT – Fidelity: being true to ourselves that we might be true to others.
22 Sunday OT – Humility and the healthy love of self according to the Little Flower
21 Sunday OT – How we can grow vocations to the priesthood
19 Sunday of OT – Faith, it’s what we do
Hope In times of civil disturbance
15 Sunday of OT – even in the most comfortable parts of our city we can make a difference: Be not apathetic
16 Sunday OT – Prayer: the first and indispensable step to knowing how we are to build a better city.
17 Sunday OT – The unshakable origin of our hope: Christ’s own promise.
18 Sunday OT – Hope as a solution to the vanity of “things”
Lenten Homilies Following St. Peter’s Progress of Graces:
Other Miscellaneous Homilies
Corpus Christi 2016 – What is the Mass All About
IV Sunday of Easter – Making All Things New in Christ
III Sunday of Easter – the full extent of Jesus’ mercy for us: Amoris Laetitia