Categories
Homilies Saints

Reluctant Followers | Homily for Feast of Saint Matthew

Our Gospel today is beautiful — and yet so frustratingly simple. Jesus says to Matthew the Tax-Collector, “Follow me.” And Matthew gets right up… and follows the Lord immediately. End of story. No other details are provided. For all we know, there was no struggle in Matthew’s heart. No anxious hesitation or battle of the […]

Categories
Homilies

Look Upon Your Own Death | Homily for Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross

Every time we look at the Cross of Jesus Christ, we look upon our own death. This is the boast of the Christian soul, right? That in the Lord Jesus, we have already died. And so looking to the Cross is to look at our own dying and rising in Him. Yes, we look upon […]

Categories
Homilies

Do We Expect God to be God?

I was so happy to return to Blessed Sacrament in Harrisonburg this past weekend to assist and preach at mass. Here are the readings from this Sunday’s liturgy.

Categories
Homilies

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. […]

Categories
Homilies

Asking, Seeking, Knocking

Homily for 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Categories
Homilies

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!” … […]

Categories
Media Literacy

#BlesstheMedia: Retweeting the Gospel | Theology on Tap Talk

I had the great privilege of delivering a talk on media evangelization to Richmond’s chapter of Theology on Tap. Here’s a recording of the presentation: “The machine, the microphone, the screen are our pulpit; the press, the production room, the screening hall and transmission center are like our church. The temptations are many, but we […]

Categories
Eucharist Homilies

Have I Been With You So Long? – Homily for Corpus Christi

This past January, I went on a silent retreat way out in South Bend, Indiana in preparation for my ordination to the diaconate. Just as I was about to switch off my phone and go into full-on retreat mode, I got the kind of text that nobody ever wants to receive… My Grandma was going […]

Categories
Homilies

Filled to the Brim – Pentecost

“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.” As I prayed over this weekend’s Scriptures for Pentecost, a word kept jumping off the page over and over — “Fill.” A noise like a strong driving wind… filled the entire house. They were filled with the Holy Sprit. It seems that whenever and wherever the […]

Categories
Theological Reflections

Newborn Priests

When our Blessed Mother gave birth to Jesus on Christmas, she gave birth to a Priest. And not just any priest, but THE Priest. The Great High Priest!  Our Lord was born for this purpose, as he himself would one day say to Pilate:  For this I was born, and for this I have come into […]