Contributing sermons since Nov 12, 2016
Contributed on Jun 1, 2020
It is striking that she had to face a purposeful insult from Jesus to test her ego.
Jesus puts Jews and gentiles under the same roof, and the first to get there is the Canaanite woman from our Gospel today. In fact, you could say that the day the gospel went to the dogs was the day it came to us. We are some of the “dogs” who have received the good news of the gospel! Jesus ...read more
Contributed on May 30, 2020
There is an element of test in Peter’s condition, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” Peter asking Jesus “to command” him suggests the alignment of Peter’s will with the will of the Lord.
IN THAT BOAT, which the church has always identified as herself, is where we want to be because it can provide the sure way for us to get to the other shore, to heaven; and, in this life, take us to new horizons. But along the way we are caught in a storm and face danger. 1.We need to pray ...read more
Contributed on May 27, 2020
Liturgy of Abundance vs. the Myth of Scarcity
Drawing on conflict theory, David G. Forney cites Walter Brueggemann's article "Liturgy of Abundance [and] the Myth of Scarcity" to conclude that, with the feeding of the five thousand (Mark 6:30-44), there is a contest between the myth of scarcity in the Book of Exodus and a liturgy ...read more
Contributed on May 25, 2020
It’s so important that ordinary Catholics read Scripture as a devotional inquiry which the Catholic Catechism calls “the intimate sense of spiritual realities which believers experience.”
A foolish old farmer, so the story goes, concluded one day that the oats he had fed his mule for years were simply costing him too much. So, he hatched a plan: He mixed a little sawdust in with the feed, and then a little more the next day, and even more the next, each time reducing the amount of ...read more
Contributed on May 21, 2020
This parable doesn’t mean that we tolerate all sorts of bad behavior. Jesus doesn’t condone weed (pun intended).
If we ask, "why is there evil in the world?" we must also ask "why is there good in the world?" We get our answers this Sunday: Beginning with pre-history “while everybody was asleep” (Matthew 13:24-30), the weeds represent the enemies of God, who are: Satan, demons, and humans ...read more
Newest Sermon Series
Contributed on Dec 9, 2017