Love Seeks Love (((HOMILY))): 25th Sunday In Ordinary Time

Sunday September 20, 2020

For the fire fighter, the soldier, the police officer, and the immigrant, love takes on a seemingly contradictory character. For the sake of their loved ones, they choose a path that forces them to depart from their loved ones for long…


Fighting For Forgiveness (((HOMILY))): 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday September 13, 2020

It's not a question of "if" but "when." When will I get into a conflict with someone? If you're alive and breathing, conflict is simply built into human interaction. There is no avoiding it.


Your Gorgeous Cross (((HOMILY))): 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday August 30, 2020

"Take up your cross," Jesus tells us in this Sunday's gospel reading from Matthew 16:21-27. The Twelve Disciples must have be horrified when they heard this command. In the first century, the cross meant something more sinister than the …


Why The Pope Is A Big Deal (((HOMILY))): 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday August 23, 2020

The longest running institution in Western Civilization is the Catholic Church. 2,000 years and 266 popes later, the "rock" of St. Peter on which Jesus himself built his Church still stands. Is it because these men are extremely…


Be Like The Canaanite (((HOMILY))): 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday August 16, 2020

A wildfire rages right now just outside the little town that I serve. If the wind was blowing in a slightly different direction, it could have devastated our community. Natural disasters such as this always reminds us of just how fragile…


How To Walk On Water (((HOMILY))): 19th Sunday in Ordinary TIme

Sunday August 9, 2020

Before you try walking on water, look at St. Peter today in the Gospel reading from Matthew as an example of what not to do. In this famous miracle, the future first pope called out to Jesus to ask if he could join him standing on the…


Jesus' Most Memorable Miracle (((HOMILY))): 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday August 2, 2020

The only miracle of Jesus found in all four Gospels is the multiplication of the loaves and fish (Matthew 14:13-21). It must have left a powerful impression for Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to include it. For them, they saw the Old…


Your Heart's Deepest Desire (((HOMILY))): 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday July 26, 2020

Have you ever asked yourself, "What is the deepest desire of my heart?" It's an intense question! It would not surprise if you said "no". However, take a moment to consider it. What is the deepest desire of your heart? What do you long for…


How We Fight (((HOMILY))): 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday July 19, 2020

My heart is heavy. Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; Boston, Massachusetts; Brooklyn, New York; New Haven, Connecticut; St. Louis, Missouri; San Francisco and Sacramento.


Parable of the Sower (((HOMILY))): 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday July 12, 2020

This Sunday, we hear in the Gospel reading Jesus' famous Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-23). ​​​​​​It's one of my personal favorites.