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Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics (November/December 2020)

November 1, 2020 Solemnity of All Saints Revelation 7:2-4,9-14; Psalm 24:1b-4b,5-6; 1 John 3:1-3, Matthew 5:1-12a “See what love the Father has bestowed on us!” Today’s feast commemorates the happy memory of those who lived by seeing, those whose capacity for spiritual sight still today inspires in us a desire to see what they saw […]

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Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics (September/October 2020)

September 6, 2020 Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Ezekiel 33:7-9; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9; Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 18:15-20 In ancient times, the role of the sentinel or watchman brought with it a burden of responsibility. Today we employ early warning systems to alert us of any danger from an enemy or natural disaster. In Ezekiel’s world, […]

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Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics (July/August 2020)

July 5, 2020 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Zechariah 9:9-10; Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14; Romans 8:9, 11-13; Matthew 11:25-30. Pride has long been seen as the besetting sin of society (although it would seem to afflict men far more than women). Pride understood in the sense that one puts one’s self in the center […]

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Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics

May 3, 2020 Fourth Sunday of Easter Acts 2:14A, 36-41; Psalm 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6; 1 Peter 2:20B-25; John 10:1-10 In the biblical world, and even today in the Middle East, families who own sheep have a vested interest in their flock. Those entrusted with tending to the flock have to be skilled, trustworthy, and […]

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Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics (March/April 2020)

March 1, 2020 First Sunday of Lent Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7; Psalm 51:3-6, 12-13, 17; Romans; 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 The American ideal of fulfillment seems to be that of a person who can chart his or her own course without interference from anyone. As Frank Sinatra popularized it, “I did it my way.” Yet, unbridled individualism […]

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Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics

January 1, 2020 The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21 The Church concludes the Octave of Christmas with the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or “Theotokos,” “the Bearer of God,” the Church’s most ancient title for Mary. While celebrated on different dates […]

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Scriptural Reflections – Homiletics (November/December 2019)

November 1, 2019 All Saints Revelation 7:2-4, 9-11; Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12 Hopefully you will be reminded by homilists on this day that you are called/invited to be a disciple of Christ. And a disciple of Christ is a pilgrim saint. This means that although you are a sinner, there […]

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Scriptural Reflections – Homiletics (September/October 2019)

September 1, 2019 Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11; Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24a; Luke 14:1, 7-14 We are moving toward the season of autumn, a slower paced, more reflective time. The earth gives up her rich harvest and provident householders wisely store up the summer produce to capture that […]

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Scriptural Reflections – Homiletics

July 7, 2019 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalm 66:1-3, 4-7, 16, 20; Galatians 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 The old Baltimore Catechism still lives! In those days of yesteryear, when asked why God created us, students would dutifully respond, “God made me to know him, to love him, and to serve him in […]

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Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics (May/June 2019)

May 5, 2019 Third Sunday of Easter Acts 5:27-32, 40-41; Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-2, 13; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19 Imagine being before a federal or state tribunal espousing a philosophy of life that those in authority consider subversive and/or dangerous to their traditional worldview. Experiences such as this are daily occurrences in countries dominated […]

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