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 […]

Ascension Thursday-on-Sunday (2)

Here is the audio version of my homily from the feast of the Ascension.  Besides the presence/absence (connection/abandonment) paradox, I also take up the tension between openness and resistance to Christ’s ascension. The context: the baptism of little Charlotte.  

Ascension Thursday-on-Sunday (!)

Here is what I wrote for the Gesu bulletin for this feast.  I like it, anyway.  Let me know what you think.   For a few years not that long ago, I began to think of the feast of the Ascension as a celebration of abandonment, being left in the lurch, or Arnold saying, “I’ll […]

5th of Easter – Mothers’ Day, Infant Baptism, & the Place of Encounter

The community at the 9 am Mass of the Church of the Gesu welcomed two 3 month-old baby girls into the faith of the Church – Nora & Quinn.  What might “preparing a place” mean to the couples who undertake the religious formation of their daughters? Here’s a thought.  Or two.  

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