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What does it mean to follow Jesus? How does someone start a relationship with Jesus? How do I pray? What is the role of the sacraments? While it is clear that being a disciple means to follow Jesus, how does one get there? What does it mean? And how is it that Jesus invites me into this wonderful and eternal life?

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Today there is a lot of noise, but not always a lot of thought and reflection.  How is it that we are called to make sense of the world? What is a Christian to do in the midst of the day to day life that seems more and more removed from the gospel? We do not always have the answers, but we do seek to provide thoughtful reflection and intelligent faith discussion about the issues of the day.

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Opposites don’t always attract: Homily for Monday, December 11, 2017

Opposites don’t always attract: Homily for Monday, December 11, 2017

Readings for Today

The first reading contrasts the desert with blooming flowers. The gospel contrasts the absolute trust that those carrying the paralyzed man and the legalistic Pharisees. This season of Advent is indeed a season of contrasts.  Just when we think Jesus could not startle us any more, he does.  Jesus not only heals, he forgives sins. God makes deserts bloom. At every turn, we see the gift of new life.

The New Road: Homily for Sunday, December 10, 2017

The New Road: Homily for Sunday, December 10, 2017

Readings for Today

I grew up in rural America, and it did not take much for something to get me excited. Life is kind of average and ordinary.  But when I was little, visiting relatives, there was the day I rode on "The New Road." I had heard relatives talking about it, and there was a great deal of build up to the day it would actually be open for people to use. It was a four lane divided road that was an upgrade from the small, cracked road that served as the US route before. The level of excitement as we awaited its opening was amazing.

Ordinary Guy, Extraordinary Grace: Homily for Saturday, December 9, 2017

Ordinary Guy, Extraordinary Grace: Homily for Saturday, December 9, 2017

Readings for Today

There is something really interesting to me about people who appear to be quite ordinary, but wind up with extraordinary lives. We celebrate such a person today.  Saint Juan Diego is just such a person.  He became an extraordinary saint who was the vehicle used by the Blessed Virgin to extend salvation.  Just imagine how much the world was impacted by his sharing of the vision. He was a convert to Catholicism. Even after having an appearance of the Blessed Virgin, he goes another way to avoid her, for he is in a hurry to get to Mass. He was not a person of great influence, or power, or money.  But he was a man of faith.

What do you carry in life?: Homily for December 8, 2017

What do you carry in life?: Homily for December 8, 2017

Readings for Today

I remember a dramatic scene in the movie, The Mission, where a war mercenary decided there needed to be a change in his life.  He converted and turned his life around. As a sign of his desire to change, he put the implements of his sin, his armor and weapons, in a bag and lugged it up a mountain.  It made the journey difficult and slow.  So slow in fact, that another person climbing the mountain became frustrated and cut the rope to the  bag, and it tumbled all the way back to the bottom of the mountain.  He did not go on.  He went back down and started over.  When he finally reached the top, the natives, members from the village,  members he had killed and sold into slavery, finally cut the bag as a sign of reconciliation.

Fully Divine and Fully Human: Homily for Thursday, December 7, 2017

Fully Divine and Fully Human: Homily for Thursday, December 7, 2017

Readings for Today

Today is the feast of Saint Ambrose.  We might not know much about Saint Ambrose, but he is a very important saint for us.  He was one of the first four doctors of the Church. Saint Ambrose was a politician, who unlike today, was so well-loved he was named bishop by pubic acclaim. Perhaps most importantly, Saint Ambrose fought ceaselessly against a heresy that denied the divinity of Christ in a way which made Christ equal with the Father and the Spirit.

Hungry? God has food: Homily for Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hungry? God has food: Homily for Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Readings for Today

Today's readings made me hungry.  Isaiah discusses rich foods and choice wines.  Jesus discusses feeding the great multitudes that followed him. But all this talk about food is not accidental.  We can easily see food is a comfortable thing.  When we are hungry, food fills. But what do you want to fill up with? For it is not just an empty stomach that can make us hungry, but also an empty soul.

Seeking the presence of God: Homily for Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Seeking the presence of God: Homily for Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Readings for Today

Yesterday we discussed a world that seems filled with darkness.  We thought about despair, and how easy it is to lose hope. But ultimately we tried to remember that God keeps his promises. Today's readings remind us of the need to be attentive.  God is active and alive. This activity is not only in the world,  but also in our soul. God is active in our hearts, in our souls, in our lives. And the images from Isaiah remind us that God's presence is miraculous indeed.

The Season of Hope: Homily for Monday, December 4, 2017

The Season of Hope: Homily for Monday, December 4, 2017

Readings for Today

Looking around the world can cause a loss of hope.  We can despair.  There seems to be new threats of war daily. There is crime.  There are people who are in desperate situations. There are people who do not want to help those in need. We seem so angry at each other. The state of things in Washington with politicians seems worse than ever. How is it we can keep faith in such dark times?

God or balloons – what do you see?: Homily for Sunday, December 3, 2017

God or balloons – what do you see?: Homily for Sunday, December 3, 2017

Readings for Today

I recently saw a video online from one of my former students.  She has two little girls.  She and her husband were filming the girls as they ran out of the house to see what was different about a small house built in the back yard. Obviously, the parents were hoping the girls would get excited for the arrival of their elves on the shelf, which they had from last year. Now the girls were excited.  About the balloons on the top of the house.  Not about the elves, or the presents on the ledge of the small backyard house. Now I am sure they did eventually, and will continue to get excited about their elves.  But they started so distracted.  They loved the balloons, but missed the elves.

The signs on the inside: Homily for Saturday, December 2, 2017

The signs on the inside: Homily for Saturday, December 2, 2017

Readings for Today

Reading the signs of the times is not just about looking at what is all around us on the outside.  It is also about paying careful attention to the presence of God on the inside of our lives. In a world with so many distractions, it can become so easy to become lethargic about the presence of God. In a world with so many challenges, we need to be attentive and awake. We need to be ready to see the presence of God within.

The Signs on the outside: Homily for December 1, 2017

The Signs on the outside: Homily for December 1, 2017

Readings for Today

The Second Vatican Council in the 1960s challenged the Church to be attentive to the "signs of the times." The idea was that just as colored leaves signaled the change of seasons from fall to winter, so too the events of our lives could signal something to us as well. But this is only true with faith. If we do not see the world through the eyes of faith, then we cannot make sense of where God may be active in the world.

It ends where it began. With Discipleship: Homily for the Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle

It ends where it began. With Discipleship: Homily for the Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle

Readings for Today

As we come to the end of the liturgical year, we end right where we began. Discipleship. This story has been used by authors like Sherry Weddell as the illustration of intentional discipleship. Andrew and Simon drop their nets and leave their old way of life. While they do not fully know where that will lead, they do know it will always be with Jesus.  They have turned over their lives to follow, and to emulate, this person of Jesus.

It ain’t all candy and roses: Homily for Wednesday, November 29, 2017

It ain’t all candy and roses: Homily for Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Readings for Today

Sometimes the Christian life is presented in such a way as to make it seem easy. Jesus is the kind teddy bear, and not only does he never demand anything of us, he makes all things feel good. While this type of feel good religion is tempting, Jesus never embraced such a religion. Persecution. Division. Not Peace. Conflict. Even Death. The life of one who follows the gospel is not automatically good. In fact, some would call the age we live in today the age of the martyrs, as Christians are being persecuted and killed all over the world.

It’s Coming to an End: Homily for Tuesday, November 28, 2017

It’s Coming to an End: Homily for Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Readings for Today

It should not be surprising that as we come to the end of the Church year the readings too focus more on the end of time. We will hear from the Book of Daniel this week, and the gospels for this week also focus on how we need to prepare ourselves for the final judgment. The importance seen today is our inner disposition of faith and trust in God. Yesterday we had a miraculous example of trust from the widow.  Today the invitation is to us.