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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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Scriptural Reflections – Homiletics (September/October 2018)

September 2, 2018 Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Dt 4:1-2, 6-8; Ps 15; Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27; Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 The readings this week prompt us to consider how easily we can turn certain forms of piety or religious practices into defining aspects of our faith, sometimes allowing them to distract us from the […]

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Scriptural Reflections – Homiletics (July/August 2018)

July 1, 2018 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24; Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-13; 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15; Mark 5:21-43 or 5:21-24, 35b-43 This is perhaps the most famous of Mark’s “sandwiches.” He begins one story, interrupts it to tell another, and then returns to the first story. In this case, we […]

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Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics (May/June 2018)

May 6, 2018 Sixth Sunday of Easter Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48; Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4; 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17 “As the Father has loved me, so I also love you”! How can we fathom this? Is Jesus saying, “I love you in the same way my Father loves me”? Does this give us any […]

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Scriptural Reflections – Homiletics (March/April 2018)

March 4, 2018 Third Sunday of Lent Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25 The first readings for Lent this year highlight a fundamental feature of the Old Testament witness to God, which is that God likes to make covenants. We’ve already been reminded of the covenant God made with Noah and “every […]

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Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics (Jan / Feb 2018)

January 1, 2018 The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21 Few days have had so many different meanings heaped on it. From a secular point of view, it’s New Year’s Day. It’s also the octave of Christmas, was until recently the feast of […]

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