4B Deuteronomy 18:15-20 / 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 / Mark 1:21-28 We just never what the day will bring— We just never know!?!?!?! I gave a presentation about our Newman Center this past Monday evening in Paducah. Ky. So, Tuesday morning— Ryan Haley, our development director and I got up and started the four-hour drive back […]

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Lord, Use Me

3B Jonah 3:1-5,10 / 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 / Mark 1:14-20 War must really be like hell. Patrick McLaughlin served in the Army— (mick LOCK lin) he served as a Lutheran military Chaplain during the Iraq war— he was in the Anbar Province of Iraq. They say he’s a tall, friendly sort of guy. And his […]

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It Was About Four in the Afternoon

2B 1 Samuel 3:3b-10,19 / 1 Corinthians 6: 13c-15a, 17-20 / John 1:35-42 I can remember the exact moment I heard! As long as I have a memory, this moment will be carved in it— I couldn’t forget it— even if I tried. It was on a Tuesday morning— it was between the first and […]

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Follow the Star

Epiphany B Isaiah 60:1-6/Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6/Matthew2:1-12 Happy feast of the Epiphany!!! Sometimes I think we take the feast of the Epiphany a little bit for granted. We just don’t realize how important this feast is— how crucial it is— to our spiritual life. Here’s what I mean. If we take the time to reflect on our […]

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Happy, Faith-filled, Love-filled Families

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-3 / Hebrews 11:8,11-12, 17-19 / Luke 2:22, 39-40 The Feast of the Holy Family can be one of the most practical feasts of the Church year to preach on. We’ve all had our own experiences of family life— we’re all born into a family— […]

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Jesus Saves

“Jesus Saves” Christmas Christmas is the season of giving, the season of joy. I can still remember my Christmas’ as a boy. I would be so excited about St. Nicholas coming to pay a visit to my house. On Christmas Eve, before going to bed, I would always leave him a snack of some milk […]

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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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