19th Sunday Ordinary Time – Walk on the Water

The story of Jesus walking on the water leads through the churning seas to get to two hopeful places. Thalassa, “sea,” and peran, “on the other side” point us toward the light of Christ shining on all who dwell under the shadow of death.  Which is what many of us worry about these days – […]

The Face… For the Feast of the Transfiguration (Oops)

I guess I talked more about “The Case” for the second homily that I neglected “The Face.”  So, here’s a Sunday share about Jesus’ face.  Jesus manifested the kindly divine intent to welcome, heal, guide, and teach his obstreperous disciples. Matthew 17:2            And he was transfigured before them, and his face […]

The Case & The Face – Transfiguration 4

Jesus’ face shone like the sun and his garments became dazzlingly white.  Each word in Greek contributes to the overall meaning of the Transfiguration.  Here is the second and different audio homily.  I hope to post word studies tomorrow.  

The Place & the Case – Audio Homily for Transfiguration

  [Three booths at the base of Denali, 2013 – Roc O’Connor, SJ photographer] This first homily summarizes broadly what you saw here Monday & Wednesday – the place and the case.  How cool is that! Tomorrow I will post homily #2 which deals with The Face and The Case. Blessings today! –roc,sj  

The Place, The Face, & The Case – Transfiguration…

Jesus took the three disciples (what happened to Andrew?) up the mountain…   The key is that Jesus claims all of it as his own ‘turf’ – the good and the bad.  He makes it all his own! The Hebrew Bible characterizes “mountain” thus: It’s the place where Abraham took Isaac to sacrifice… Genesis 22:2f   […]

The Transfiguration – The Case, The Place, & The Face I

I never thought I’d come up with a catchy title for a homily, but there it is.  The Case has to do with Peter, James, John, you, and me.  The Place is the mountain.  The Face… well, you get that. The Case:  Peter, James, & John are a case.  Yep.  Why did Jesus take them […]

Parables of the Kingdom – Finding Treasure in a Field…

People didn’t have banks in Jesus’ day, so they hid money wherever they believed it would be safe.  Somehow our intrepid “finder” found a treasure in a field and, as we know, sold all he had for joy and bought the whole field. Here is the audio homily plus a couple observations… What kind of […]

The Parables of the Kingdom II – The Weeds and Wheat

Punch line: “How do we pray in a divided world in a divided country with divided hearts?”  Another way to put it is, “Why don’t ‘they’ resist the gospel?”  Better, “Why do we hesitate to receive the gospel fully? Why do we hold back?” This parable in chapter thirteen of Matthew deals with all these […]


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