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Authority: Homily for Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Authority. Today, we celebrate the feast of the chair of St. Peter. And what this means for us, is that today’s feast gives us an invitation to think about the structure of our church. The way in which our church is organized and put together so that we can have some certainty about what it means to believe.
Because important organizations in our lives have structure, they have rules. When we look at the United States for example, we have a Constitution that guides us and helps us to understand what it is we can and cannot do. Games have certain rules that are necessary for the game to be fair. And the church is no different. The church too, has rules, that help it to guide people in the proper way to live in fidelity to the Lord Jesus.
Such as what we celebrate today. When Peter is asked for his statement of faith about the Lord Jesus, the foundation of the church is set in motion by Jesus himself. Peter’s confession that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the chosen one by God to save the world, is the beginning of the foundation of Peter’s leadership in Christ. And because of this steadfast statement of faith in Jesus the Messiah, Peter is given special authority to guide the church. Peter is given the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
This structure helps us to have certitude about what the Lord Jesus teaches and how it is that we are supposed to live these teachings in our lives. With deep faith in God let us pray for the Pope and for the bishops, that they might be faithful in their roles of leadership. And let us pray for each one of us, that guided by the Holy Spirit and the teachings of the church and the Lord Jesus himself we might become faithful followers of Jesus.

Homily for Sunday, May 3, 2015

I have had a lot of relatives die lately. Four since December. They have all been advanced in years, and none of their deaths could be called unexpected. As can be the case when a loved one dies, each death has occasioned a lot of remembering for me. I have remembered funny things, like my father getting out of his car at the George Washington Bridge asking for change, since he had driven into the exact change lane without exact change, or a house where there were always good things to eat, or instances where a love of the Red Sox was fostered. In fact, it is not unusual. Many of us are filled with stories, using the amazing faculty of memory to make past experiences present again, to make them real once more.

Happy Advent!

It has been a while since I have been able to publish my homilies, but what better time for resolutions than the new year.  And, since this is the first Sunday of Advent, we begin a new Church year, a liturgical year of grace.  sacramental language, the church and the calendar or about Space and […]

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