Dealing with the Exodus from the Exodus: The Spiritual Leadership of Moses (Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent – Year A Readings)

I. For centuries they had been enslaved in Egypt. The children of Israel had gone there because of famine in their land. At first they were welcomed because, through the mysterious workings of providence, one of their own, Joseph, was already there and already trusted by pharaoh. But their welcome eventually wore out and the … More Dealing with the Exodus from the Exodus: The Spiritual Leadership of Moses (Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent – Year A Readings)

Homily for 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 24, 2021.

On the crest of Montmarte, the highest point in Paris, one finds the Sacre Coeur, an imposingly grand, beautiful stone basilica of the Romano-Byzantine style. It is not an old church; certainly not by European standards. It was conceived at the end of the 19th century and not consecrated until 1919. That’s a little bit … More Homily for 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 24, 2021.

Through Jesus to Mary: On Pilgrimage with the Shepherds

This is a big story, with big, larger than life characters. In the past week we’ve heard about kings, angels, and wise men from exotic places. We’ve heard about the Word made Flesh, the son of God, the Messiah, and we’ve heard about Joseph and Mary, who are, after all, Joseph and Mary.  They may … More Through Jesus to Mary: On Pilgrimage with the Shepherds

From a Day to a Season to a Lifetime (Extending the Theme)

Something amazing happened this week. People who were very preoccupied – by work, by the news, by technology, by many things – they put that all aside for the moment and they sat down for a special meal with loved ones, with family, with friends. And in this moment, they turned, if only for a … More From a Day to a Season to a Lifetime (Extending the Theme)

Joy to the World

Today I am ditching the readings in favor of preaching on my favorite song of all time.   “Joy to the world.” The first word of this song is joy. Christmas is a time for joy because it is a celebration, a celebration of the greatest thing that ever happened in the history of things … More Joy to the World