Pleased to crush him? (5:00 pm)

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The LORD was pleased to crush him in infirmity. What an odd line from the first reading today. What does it mean for God to be pleased to crush him in infirmity. In order to understand this, we first have to recognize that faith requires seeing the world differently. What may help is looking at what does not please God. God is not pleased by empty sacrifices. God is not pleased by sin. What does please God is recognizing that every human being is made in God’s image and likeness. God is pleased with the outcome of the infirmity of the Suffering Servant. God is pleased to offer, albeit in a dramatic way, the gift of salvation. For our part, we must recognize how unbelievably different is what awaits us in heaven if we follow Jesus.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on October 21, 2018.
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Pleased to crush him? (9:00 am)

Pleased to crush him? (9:00 am)
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Readings for Today

The LORD was pleased to crush him in infirmity. What an odd line from the first reading today. What does it mean for God to be pleased to crush him in infirmity. In order to understand this, we first have to recognize that faith requires seeing the world differently. What may help is looking at what does not please God. God is not pleased by empty sacrifices. God is not pleased by sin. What does please God is recognizing that every human being is made in God’s image and likeness. God is pleased with the outcome of the infirmity of the Suffering Servant. God is pleased to offer, albeit in a dramatic way, the gift of salvation. For our part, we must recognize how unbelievably different is what awaits us in heaven if we follow Jesus.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on October 21, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Pleased to crush him? (11:00 am)

Pleased to crush him? (11:00 am)
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Readings for Today

The LORD was pleased to crush him in infirmity. What an odd line from the first reading today. What does it mean for God to be pleased to crush him in infirmity. In order to understand this, we first have to recognize that faith requires seeing the world differently. What may help is looking at what does not please God. God is not pleased by empty sacrifices. God is not pleased by sin. What does please God is recognizing that every human being is made in God’s image and likeness. God is pleased with the outcome of the infirmity of the Suffering Servant. God is pleased to offer, albeit in a dramatic way, the gift of salvation. For our part, we must recognize how unbelievably different is what awaits us in heaven if we follow Jesus.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on October 21, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Pleased to crush him? (11:00 am)

Readings for Today

The LORD was pleased to crush him in infirmity. What an odd line from the first reading today. What does it mean for God to be pleased to crush him in infirmity. In order to understand this, we first have to recognize that faith requires seeing the world differently. What may help is looking at what does not please God. God is not pleased by empty sacrifices. God is not pleased by sin. What does please God is recognizing that every human being is made in God’s image and likeness. God is pleased with the outcome of the infirmity of the Suffering Servant. God is pleased to offer, albeit in a dramatic way, the gift of salvation. For our part, we must recognize how unbelievably different is what awaits us in heaven if we follow Jesus.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on October 21, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Pleased to crush him? (9:00 am)

Readings for Today

The LORD was pleased to crush him in infirmity. What an odd line from the first reading today. What does it mean for God to be pleased to crush him in infirmity. In order to understand this, we first have to recognize that faith requires seeing the world differently. What may help is looking at what does not please God. God is not pleased by empty sacrifices. God is not pleased by sin. What does please God is recognizing that every human being is made in God’s image and likeness. God is pleased with the outcome of the infirmity of the Suffering Servant. God is pleased to offer, albeit in a dramatic way, the gift of salvation. For our part, we must recognize how unbelievably different is what awaits us in heaven if we follow Jesus.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on October 21, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Pleased to crush him? (5:00 pm)

Readings for Today

The LORD was pleased to crush him in infirmity. What an odd line from the first reading today. What does it mean for God to be pleased to crush him in infirmity. In order to understand this, we first have to recognize that faith requires seeing the world differently. What may help is looking at what does not please God. God is not pleased by empty sacrifices. God is not pleased by sin. What does please God is recognizing that every human being is made in God’s image and likeness. God is pleased with the outcome of the infirmity of the Suffering Servant. God is pleased to offer, albeit in a dramatic way, the gift of salvation. For our part, we must recognize how unbelievably different is what awaits us in heaven if we follow Jesus.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on October 20, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Fishing like an expert

Fishing like an expert
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Readings for Today

I remember with great fondness my trip to Newfoundland many years ago. A friend of mine in the seminary was from Newfoundland, and another seminarian (and friend of mine) and I spent time there for a vacation. As part of the vacation, we all joined my friend’s brother, who was partner in a group of fishermen, not unlike Peter and Andrew, and James and John. We were cod fishing. It was an experience I will never forget. Suffice to say, we were a problem that day. Fishing lines get caught twice on the bottom of the ocean (me) to tangled fishing lines (the seminarian who went to Newfoundland with me) probably contributed to a poor catch that day. But it was clear the fishermen who allowed us to join them were good at what they did. It strikes me that it is the same with God. When we allow God to take charge, we receive a big catch of fish. And when we try to do things ourselves, we are not successful.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, on September 6, 2018.
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There’s nothing more important than following Jesus

Readings for Today

(Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, MO, on July 2, 2018.)

When I was writing my dissertation, I had to leave my room. If I stayed at home, there were simply too many distractions. Everywhere I looked there was a chance I could focus on anything but my dissertation. So too, we can become distracted in the faith. We can seek out anything but what God is asking of us. We can make excuses for not helping others. We can seem too busy for prayer. But the message from the gospel is clear: there is nothing more important than following Jesus.

The Star that Leads to Jesus: Homily for Ephiphany Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Star that Leads to Jesus: Homily for Ephiphany Sunday, January 7, 2018
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Today we are reminded of the importance of following Jesus.  As we encounter the example of the Magi who followed the star, without knowing exactly where it led, we are reminded that our lives of faith are about following someone.  The challenge is that we can choose to follow stars that do not lead to Jesus.  We can be tempted by the allure of the popularity of social media, or the tug of consumerism, or the need to be constantly distracted so that we do not ever confront ourselves about areas where we need to convert.

And Herod in today’s gospel reminds us that we can also follow the false star of power.  It is not just absolute power like that of Herod, but the power of people who believe they can do it all themselves.  The belief that they do not need others.  They can go it alone.  People can believe they do not need God, and so they do not surrender to God. Then there are the Magi, who follow the star that leads to Jesus.  What star will you follow?

Cross: Homily for Friday, February 17, 2017

Cross: Homily for Friday, February 17, 2017
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Readings for Today

Cross.  I don’t like the cross. In my heart of hearts, I’m a coward. I’m afraid. I find it hard sometimes to separate gaining the whole world, from gaining eternal life. I find it much too easy to be shortsighted. Seeing the immediate, the now, the things that seem so close and right in front of me, the things that bring immediate reward. I’m expecting a package from Amazon today. I’m really excited. But it’s not really something amazing, or tremendous. I doubt it will change my life. But I’m really excited.

But about the cross? I’m not so excited. I’m afraid. I don’t trust. I don’t trust Jesus, and I don’t trust God. Far too often, my focus is on myself, over what I can control, and over what I can do. And yet, during those breakthrough moments when I have been able to trust God the benefit has been far greater than anything I could’ve imagined. In those moments where I think back in my life and ask myself when has God never been there for me, I can say never. I can say that God has always been there for me. Despite my selfishness, God has always been generous.

So why do I have such a hard time embracing the cross? The cross of Jesus, change the entire world. When Jesus embraced the cross, and suffered death for you and me, salvation was open for all of us. Despite our sinfulness, holiness was possible. New life was given to us. Dear God, with whatever cross you give me today, help me to embrace it like your son. Give me the grace to say yes, to take up my cross, and follow you.