Wearisome Words – a call to act

Wearisome Words – a call to act

When I was preparing my homily this week, I could feel the shadow, the palpable shadow of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hanging in the air. I read the reports and I listened to the responses, and as I did I recalled the headline from the New...
Transfigured in Christ – risen from the dead

Transfigured in Christ – risen from the dead

A few years ago, I read a most interesting book called Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman. The book is a work of fiction based on the life of Albert Einstein. The story takes place in 1905, with a young Einstein working in a Berne, Switzerland patent office. He...
Chucho Iturralde – A Life Well Lived

Chucho Iturralde – A Life Well Lived

Someone (probably more than one someone) once quipped, “Every life is a sermon and every new day we preach.” That may very well be true but it sounds like a lot of pressure to me. The truth is, though, that a life well lived is a thousand times the message of hope and...
Which voice will you follow?

Which voice will you follow?

“There is a balm in Gilead To make the wounded whole; There is a balm in Gilead To heal the sin-sick soul.” It’s a simple little story, but the lesson from Mark’s Gospel that we heard this morning is challenging. It comes from the first chapter of the Gospel. As a...
Follow me!

Follow me!

Jesus extends his famous invitation to Philip, “Follow me.” “Come, Philip. Share the rest of your journey with me.” And Philip accepts the invitation but notice: What is the very first thing that Philip does? Right away, with no interlude, Philip goes to share the...
On the other side of Christmas…”Now what?”

On the other side of Christmas…”Now what?”

In the movie Finding Nemo, there is a scene that takes place at the very end, even after the credits begin to roll. The story has come to its culmination. You know the story: Marlin, a father clownfish, makes a harrowing journey to rescue his son, Nemo, who had been...

What do you bring to the manger tonight?

The Tale of the Donkey and the Ox Once upon a time as Joseph and Mary made their way to Bethlehem an angel called a meeting with all the animals of the earth to choose which of them would attend the birth and be allowed in the cave with the newborn child. All of the...

It’s later than it’s ever been before!

There was a small boy playing at the foot of the stairs in his home. There, against the wall at the base of the stairs, towered a great old grandfather clock that had been in the family for generations. Like such clocks, it would chime on the quarter-hour and the...

Keep Awake!

“Keep awake!” Have you ever been forced to stay awake? …maybe even all night long? New parents know the joys of having a new baby around the house. The sweetness and joy that new babies bring cannot be matched; but, neither can the up-in-the-middle-of-the-night...