Back to Review – 5th Sunday Ordinary Time: Call of Simon Peter

Here’s my story and interpretation of Luke 5. And I’m sticking to it.  

Back to Review – 4th Sunday Ordinary Time – Jesus rejected by his own…

What did Jesus do or say in the synagogue to his neighbors that they would take him to the edge of the hill to push him over? Let’s consider…  

Brief Review of Luke’s Gospel – 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time

I’d like to catch up (since I’ve been on the road for the past 5 weeks) with brief reviews of Luke’s gospel and how it begins to illustrate for us the “playing field” of encounter with Jesus and his teachings. Jesus entered the synagogue in his home town of Nazareth and read the passage from […]

Announcing… The Last Waltz of the SLJs

  As of this afternoon, John Foley, SJ, Bob Dufford, SJ, Dan Schutte, Roc O’Connor, SJ, and Tim Manion have agreed to gather in St. Louis for one last concert to celebrate our association over these past decades. Tom Kavanaugh & Roc will produce the concert whose date has yet to be determined. Tom, along […]

Merry Christmas! A Christmas Eve Homily for the Christmas Season…

Happy New Year to you all! And, since it is still the Christmas season (AHEM!), even though we’re constantly told it was over the day after Christmas sales ended, Merry Christmas! I was delighted to be asked to preside at the midnight Mass for the School Sisters of St. Francis (at 6:30 pm!). And wish to […]

4th Sunday Advent – “Messiah” Staged / Word & Music Contextualized in Gripping Manner…

This is not your grandmother’s version of the Messiah by G.F. Handel in any way, shape, or form. Here’s what one person wrote to describe the context set by the stage version: “There’s basically a businessman whose wife is cheating on him with his older brother. Also, his younger brother is a drug-addict pariah. One […]

2nd Sunday Advent –

Today is the feast of St. John of the Cross, a marvelous saint and doctor of the church. His form of mystical prayer seems to have more in common with those in the apophatic way. That is, he walked the path of refusing any image of God. As such, he differed dramatically from St. Ignatius of Loyola who embraced […]

2nd Sunday Advent – That Terribly Inconvenient Season of Road Construction…

There are two seasons in the midwest – winter and road construction. Road construction, like the one pictured above (near my new office), is horribly inconvenient… until it’s over, then it’s smooth sailing, as it were. And this pretty much what Sunday’s gospel addresses at several levels… Luke 3:5f           “Every valley […]

2nd Sunday Advent – Taking the Fifth…

Actually, making my 5th try to upload today’s *&^$@ video. And I give up. Anyway… Here’s today’s reflection on “the wilderness, the desert, the desolate places…” Luke 3:2–4            …during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the […]

2nd Sunday Advent – (An Intro to Repentance [???])

Whaaaaaa? Repent? That’s for Lent! Exactly. Yet, how else might any of us receive the newborn Sovereign whom we celebrate at Christmas? Well, there’s always sentimentality… But, while that’s in vogue during the so-called Christmas [shopping] season (NOT ADVENT), it leaves us with a sugar high. Repentance means some kind of separation from our old […]

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