Monday, July 25, 2016

Persistence, But Trust

Sorry the homily is a day late, but yesterday Jesus gave us one half of his teaching on prayer. The other half of his teaching he demonstrated later. HERE's my homily from the day.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Walk Humbly with your God

The message of Christ, both in our day and in Jesus's day, is very similar to the call of the prophets through the generations of ancient Israel, summarized well by the prophet Micah in today's first reading:
You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.
HERE's my homily from this morning.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The One Thing Needed

We all identify to some degree with either Martha or Mary in today's gospel, and most people I meet say they identify with Martha more than Mary. It's important to note that Jesus doesn't condemn Martha or her activeness, he points out that Mary is doing the one necessary thing, being with Jesus. HERE's my homily from this morning.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Silence and Carmelites

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. For many years now, I've loved Carmelite spirituality but I could never quite figure out why until recently. I was recently pointed to a Carmelite author who wrote:
"If the impossible were to take place and the past were suddenly obliterated and tradition no longer existed, and the call of the living God were to sound for the first time in a soul, this call would carry with it the spirit of Carmel in all its freshness, its newness, its eternal richness. Because it is of God and is pure reference to God, this spirit is distinguished by a clarity, a simplicity, and a limpidity that are absolute. It has nothing to do with techniques. It fears more than all else material and spiritual encumbrances, multiplicity of means, devotion, and spiritual exercises. It is God just as God is that it seeks and desires: God, for the mind all mystery, but for the soul light and delicious knowledge." 
Basically, what I realized is that Carmelite is an utterly simple focus on God. Anyway, HERE's my homily from today, although it is far less eloquent than that quote.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Who Works on the Sabbath?

In today's gospel, the Pharisees rebuke the disciples for plucking heads of grains on the sabbath, and Jesus in turn rebukes the Pharisees for being jerk-faces, or at least that's how we normally read it. It turns out Jesus had a higher purpose, HERE's my homily on it.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Little for the Kingdom

Today we celebrate the memorial of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, and in the readings for today, Jesus is talking about the sort of people he calls to himself. Coincidence? Perhaps, but probably not. Anyway, HERE's my homily for the day.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Father is Love

Today Jesus that the only way to know the Father is through the Son. HERE's my short homily from today.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Identifying as Sinners

The main church
Sorry for being so quiet on the blog. I've been in the middle of the move to Jackson. The move happened successfully: all 700 books made the transition and so did all the brewing supplies. I've been settling in Jackson bit by bit, but it's kept me busy. When I moved to Sheridan, the pastor had already been there four years so he was able to quickly explain everything I needed to know, but here in Jackson the pastor is also brand new, so he and I have been very busy trying to get up to speed with everything happening in the parish.

The mission church
I'll get back to more homily-posting soon, but right now life is pretty busy. But I still managed to record this weekend's homily about the Good Samaritan [CLICK HERE]. Keep praying for me as I settle into this new parish, and pray for the good people of Jackson and Star Valley.