Interruption and Trust

Interruption and Trust Advent 4B Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 / Romans 16:25-27 / Luke 1:26-38 Mary of Nazareth was going about her usual business— living her very ordinary life– carrying out her daily routine. The plans for her life were set— she was betrothed to Joseph— wedding plans were finalized. And I’m sure she […]

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Things To Be Joyful About

Advent 3B Isaiah 61:1-2A, 10-11 / 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 / John 1:6-8, 19-28 Right at the beginning of the great philosophical tradition of the West in 440 BC— there was the eminent and the wise Socrates. The teacher of Plato, Socrates— “The unexamined life is not worth living”, Socrates. And when it came to god— […]

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A Motto for Life!!!

Advent 2B Baruch 5:1-9 / Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11 / Luke 3:1-6 Continuing its annual tradition of holiday season billboards, the American Atheists has launched it’s two Christmas marketing campaigns. One billboard campaign shows the Oklahoma City skyline with Santa’s sleigh flying overhead and says: “Just like Santa Claus, the Atheists are coming to town!” This […]

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What Will I Be Doing When the Lord Comes?

Advent 1B Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7 / 1n Corinthians 1:3-9 / Mark 13:33-37 When I was Vocation Director for the Diocese I was sitting around talking to several of our seminarians— and all of a sudden, one of them asked this question: “If you knew Jesus was coming back in 24 hours, what would you […]

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My Biography

“My Biography” Advent 2A Isaiah 11:1-10 / Romans 15:4-9 / Matthew 3:1-12 I had a little freak-out moment the other day. Over the past year, I’ve been reading several biographies. So as I was reading one of these biographies, all of a sudden the most frightening thought stuck me: “What if”—“what if— someone wrote a […]

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Jesus Deserves Our Best

Advent 1A Isaiah 2:1-5 / Romans 13:11-14 /Matthew 24:37-44 I hope everyone survived Black Friday. What an interesting day in American culture— “Black Friday” It can bring out the best in us— and the worst. As I was reading about Black Friday— I discovered that pepper spray was a very popular item— not to buy— […]

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