Make a New Beginning

Homily Notes for December 10, 2017 Second Sunday of Advent A little boy walked out into his backyard wearing a baseball cap and carrying a bat and all.  “I am the greatest hitter in the world,” he said.  Then he tossed the ball into the air, swung at it, missed.  “Strike one!” he yelled.  “I [...]

2017-12-12T14:50:16+00:00

Remember! Celebrate! Believe!

Once upon a time a four year old girl pulled on his mom’s skirt as she was baking cookies.     She asked, “How long is it until Christmas?”  “Three more weeks,” came the answer.  “I can’t wait that long,” the child screamed.  “I want to have Christmas NOW.  I want a horse NOW.  Why do we [...]

2017-12-07T15:09:32+00:00

Who is Jesus Christ?

“Who do you say that I am?” is a question that Jesus asked his disciples.   It is a question every believer from the first to the 21st  century.  This morning I would like us to reflect on that question by sharing a poem that I have adapted, added to and subtracted from.       Perhaps [...]

2017-11-29T14:48:30+00:00

Saving the Best for Last

I have been to homes where moms cooked three different menus because of picky eaters.  But when I was a child we had to eat what was put on our plate before we left the table.  After once or twice leaving the table and going directly to bed, I learned that no one could out [...]

2017-11-21T19:33:02+00:00

Seven Kinds of Pharisees

When I lived in Williamson, there was a young preacher from the little town of Chattaroy who was the new minister at the local church.  After two or three of our monthly meetings, he told us that he had been there long enough to see the problems in the church.  He told us he was [...]

2017-11-07T15:46:57+00:00

“Act justly, love tenderly, walk humbly with your God.”

One summer I worked as a coal-sampling technician for the local power plant. Each day 100 or so carloads of coal would be unloaded from a train. From some of the cars a sample would be taken. I, in turn, would take a sample from each sample. These samples would be crushed and pulverized, dried [...]

2017-11-02T18:37:17+00:00

Gotta Serve Somebody

When Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 2016, many people were surprised. They forgot that songs are poems put to music.  One of his Grammy Award winning songs was: Gotta Serve Somebody. You may be an ambassador to England or France, You may like to gamble, you might like to dance, [...]

2017-10-25T15:26:33+00:00

Homily Notes – October 8, 2017

It seems impossible for me to preach this today without saying something about the terrible, tragic event that happened last Sunday night in Nevada.   The parable of the wicked tenants in the Vineyard helps explain how some  such evil things happen and what the response of God will be.  Consider: ♦ God has given [...]

2017-10-09T15:33:20+00:00

Homily Notes – October 1, 2017

The Karate Kid was a popular and heart-warming movie.  It was the story about a young boy who asks a man from Okinawa to teach him karate.  The old man agrees only on the condition that the boy obey him without hesitation.  When the youngster agrees, the man has him do things like wash and [...]

2017-10-06T15:42:37+00:00

Homily Notes – September 24, 2017

When the church introduced the three-year cycle of Sunday readings in 1970, its main goal was to better expose Catholics to the riches of sacred scripture.  Indeed, by coming to Mass every Sunday, we hear much more of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John than ever before. Not everyone realizes that the first [...]

2017-10-02T17:21:41+00:00