Roc Homily for the Twelfth Sunday Ordinary Time 2016

This is the strangest Fathers Day homily I’ve ever done.  It’s challenging because, with this gospel passage, Jesus began to instruct his disciples about the meaning of his messiahship – “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”  And, guys, it’s humiliating to be […]

Year of Mercy Revisited – June 17, 2016

Here’s something to do with your weekend… or whenever… Dr. John O’Keefe & Dr. Wendy Wright, two stalwarts from the Creighton University Theology Department, interviewed me about the Year of Mercy when I visited campus in April to give a talk on same.  It was a lively and engaged conversation for their Catholic Comments podcast.  20 Minutes.  I […]

About “Love Your Enemies” 6-14-16

The right response to Jesus’ teaching, “Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you,” is “You’ve got to be kidding!  Are you living in the real world, Jesus? Click.” It’s the right response because it reveals where we actually live.  It’s a biblical ink blot test!  Perhaps then we can hear this teaching from the […]

Roc Homily for the Eleventh Sunday Ordinary Time 2016

Yes, it is still the Year of Mercy.  And, today’s gospel contrasts two different ways of dealing with Mercy.  The first is Simon the Pharisee, who acts as an observer-critic, as one completely detached from Jesus. The other is Susanna (I gave her a name; every one needs a name) who trusted Jesus would receive her as she […]

Another anniversary to remember today (6/8/16)

Thirty-seven years ago, Andy Alexander, SJ, Dave Matkzo, SJ, and I were ordained to the priesthood at Holy Name church in Omaha, NE by Archbishop Daniel Sheehan. And, next week on the 15th is the same anniversary of Gerry Stockhausen, SJ, who died in January. We corresponded this morning, sharing deep gratitude for the blessing […]

An anniversary worth recalling… GM Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins: Jesuit Priest and Poet (1844–1889) Gerard Manley Hopkins was born in England to a prosperous Anglican family. Though he excelled at Oxford and seemed destined for a brilliant career, these expectations were dashed when he announced his decision in 1866 to become a Roman Catholic, and then a Jesuit priest. A gifted poet, […]

Roc Homily for the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ 2016

In the homily, I asked people to meditate on their open palms – what does this gesture elicit?  Might doing it mindfully help be present to the Christ whom we receive? And, I asked folks to reflect on meanings of the ‘breaking of the bread’. Lastly, how can we hungry people tolerate our hunger long […]

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