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The Parable of the Persistent Moses

Homily for Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time Readings of the Day Our gospel passage today — the story of the persistent widow — is obviously meant to teach us a fundamental Christian truth: “Pray always, without becoming weary.” But this essential lesson takes on a fascinating layer of meaning when we hold it up with our first…

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Comfortable With Not Being Fully Understood

Homily for Saturday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Readings of the Day Our Gospel passage is short today, so it would be helpful to provide the context in Luke’s gospel. This passage comes immediately after the Transfiguration. As Jesus, Peter, James and John are coming back down the mountain, Jesus performs an exorcism on a young boy, and…

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Life is More Than Roller Coasters

Homily for 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time What do we have that will really last? When I was in high school and up through college, the thing that I staked my entire life on for some reason, and it still seems crazy to this day, was roller coasters. I was a ful-blown roller coaster enthusiast. I went up and down…

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You’re Too Weak? Good.

Homily for 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time — Sacred Heart, Prince George, VA “I’m too weak to be a deacon.” I shared these words with a priest in confession a couple of weeks into my life as a brand new baby deacon. And the priest’s response was frustratingly wise: “Good! This is good news!” … Excuse me? How? How is…

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