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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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Scriptural Reflections – Homiletics (March/April 2019)

March 3, 2019 Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Sirach 27:4-7; Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15, 16; 1 Corinthians 15:54-58; Luke 6:39-45 A strong wisdom theme runs through the readings for this Sunday. Wisdom writings do not focus so much on the mighty acts of God accomplished amid great signs and wonders; rather they invite us to […]

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Scriptural Reflections – Homiletics (January/February 2019)

January 1, 2019 Octave Day of Christmas The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21 One of the ecumenical difficulties that we face today is the devotion to Mary that is characteristic of the Roman Church. Fundamentalists are especially opposed to this and try to […]

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Scriptural Reflections – Homiletics (November/December 2018)

November 1, 2018 All Saints Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14; Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12a I think it is safe to say that there are two aspects to sainthood: a human, earthly side and the heavenly, transcendent side. Is a saint something you hope to become or are you a saint in the […]

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