Crying out for God’s Presence – Lenten Homily 3.13.2018

Reading 1, Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12 Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9 Gospel, John 5:1-3, 5-16 In the early part of the 1900’s, there was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit (HS) in a converted Los Angeles warehouse, off Azusa st.  The leader, an African American, was leading a group of people in prayer, bible study, and worship as…

The Gospel in My Context: Beloved and Belonging (Lenten Homily, 3.11.2018)

Reading 1, Second Chronicles 36:14-17, 19-23 Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 Gospel, John 3:14-21 Reading 2, Ephesians 2:4-10 I remember when I was in junior high school, there was a gangbanger (GB) who was constantly picking on me.  I’m not sure why.  I was a church boy, played in band, and played basketball during my lunch times…

You’re More Religious Than You Think

Reading 1, Hosea 14:2-10 Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 81:6-8, 8-9, 10-11, 14, 17 Gospel, Mark 12:28-34 Lenten Homily – 3.9.2018  ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your…

Prayer: God’s Nearness

Reading 1, Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9 Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20 Gospel, Matthew 5:17-19 “…God is near us whenever we pray to him…” [wind has been a sign of the Holy Spirit] Are you freaking kidding me?!  Read those words again…slower…. let them sink in. Big themes in the bible again….one of them is us being made in…

Lenten Homily – 3.6.2018

Psalm 25:4-9 Matthew 18:21-35   Psalm 25 is a great pre-reading text to prepare the reader for Matthew 18.  The Psalmist is shaped by God’s great mercy and love and is appealing to God’s goodness from of old.  God has a history track, one that is consistent through and through. One principle to constantly keep…

Lenten Homily – 3.5.2018

Reading 1, Second Kings 5:1-15 Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 42:2, 3; 43:3, 4 Gospel, Luke 4:24-30   A few years ago, I was doing a personal retreat and I had the opportunity to meet with a Benedictine monk for spiritual direction.  During one of his retreat talks, he said that God mediates himself through creation.  I…

Lenten Homily – 3.4.2018

Reading 1, Exodus 20:1-17 Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 19:8, 9, 10, 11 Gospel, John 2:13-25 Reading 2, First Corinthians 1:22-25 Somewhere in my upbringing, I heard a phrase that was similar to this:  “What you revere, you resemble, either for ruin or restoration” (Beale).  It was implanted in my head and heart. I also grew up in…

Lenten Homily – 3.3.2018

Reading 1 Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12 Gospel, Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 I was reading a book the other day and was struck by the gravity of our inauthentic existence.  The concept of sin in the bible is this sense of being a stranger to God and to our true being…

Lenten Homily – 3.2.2018

Readings:  Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28, Psalm 105:16-21, John 3:16, Matthew 21:33-46 I have a few dreams that, to be honest, haunt the crud out of me.  I have this love/hate relationship with them.  Sometimes I wish I didn’t dream because I feel like they haunt me to keep pursuing them. Dreams cause us to endure…

Lenten Homily – 3.1.2018

Readings:  Jeremiah 17:5-10, Psalm 1, Luke 16:19-31 The prophet Jeremiah lays down some truth:  we’re sure to fail if we SOLEY trust in our own abilities and our “hearts turn away from the Lord”.  Verse 6 paints a picture of a person in a desert without water. The blessing is found in verses 7 and…