The Folly of God. The Folly of Creation. The Folly of the Cross.

At today’s community Mass, Fr. Phil Rossi, SJ preached about the foolishness of God as seen in the gift of creation. The incarnation expressed that same gift and came to fruition in the folly of the cross we get to deal with today. Here are some verses from today’s first reading Phil referred to:   Has […]

The First Stage of Grief is Anger & Blame…

Ten days ago (20th Sunday of Ordinary Time), I responded to the new allegations of sexual abuse by Cardinal McCarrick and of over three hundred priests in Pennsylvania in my homily. On that Sunday, we heard Jesus talk about eating his body and drinking his blood to have eternal life. Priests, bishops, and cardinals all […]

20th Sunday Ordinary Time – Bread of Life & Bread of Sorrow

Especially this part of Sunday’s gospel (below) revealed dissonance between Jesus’ words and the painful allegations against priests and bishops from the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report given earlier in the week. Ouch. “…Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.  I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the […]

19th Sunday Ordinary Time – Eating & Life; Seeing & Believing

It would be good to look at Jesus’ saying, “I am the Bread of Life,” in relationship to the other “I Am” sayings in the gospel of John. The Fourth Gospel situates the person of Jesus at the center of a prism, at the heart of a large web of relationships. Everything refracts the mystery […]

19th Sunday Ordinary Time – “Are you ready to Grumble!”

I apologize for my hiatus of nearly two months. Between moving, visiting family, weddings, and moving in (still an ongoing project), I took myself off the grid for a bit. Let me start things off with this less-than-ten-minute version of my homily from last weekend. I deal with this, the first verse of this second […]

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