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Homily 2018 09 20 Sinners

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This is part one of the homily on the Gospel. The second part was on the state of affairs today. It was prudent to preach it; it’s maybe not prudent to publish it, perhaps. ;-)

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Homily 2018 09 19 Assessing Jesus, John

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In this homily I went after the legitimacy of we, the great unwashed, assessing Jesus and John. Pfft. Like that‘s going to work. Pfft.

Jesus said to the crowds:

“To what shall I compare the people of this generation?
What are they like?

They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another,

♬ ‘We played the flute for you, ♬ but you did not dance. ♬
♬ We sang a dirge, ♬ but you did not weep.’ ♬

For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine,
and you said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’

The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said,
‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard,
a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’

But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”

That Wisdom is God’s Love. God is Love.

That Wisdom is God’s Truth. God is Truth.

But the manipulators of political correctness unto themselves know nothing of God’s Love, of God’s Truth. So that can’t see anything of honesty and integrity of the lives of Jesus and John.

Here’s the deal: they cut off John’s head with their self-absorption; they crucified Jesus with their self-absorption. It all comes down to self-absorption.

To save us from self-absorption is why John pointed out Jesus; it’s why Jesus stood in our place, the innocent for the guilty, to have the right in His own justice to have mercy on us. And we were oblivious. God loved us while we were yet sinners. Yep. The Light shining into the darkness. Thank you, Lord. You’re the One. You’re the only One.

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Homily 2018 09 16 – Peter is Satan

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Compare the above drawing of Jesus Crucified by Saint John of the Cross (with the nails and bleeding and obvious horrific suffering) with the painting by Salvador Dali for which he took this drawing as his inspiration, but with no nails, no bleeding, no suffering.

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If you persevere, you’ll hear some good news. It’s worth hearing the good news. It puts a new perspective on this whole crisis. Apologies for the length. Lots of adrenaline today. Our Lord can draw good out of evil, just as He did with His own crucifixion.

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Homily 2018 09 14 – Cross’ Triumph… Cri-de-coeur for Irony Incarnate

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This is my cri-de-coeur for an appreciation of irony, of Him who is Irony Incarnate.

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Homily 2018 09 13 – Truth’s Clarity

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Homily 2018 09 12 Holy Name of Mary

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Silly me. When I was living for a little while above the cave of Elijah on Mount Carmel, I went outside and asked my guardian angel to show me a cloud in the shape of a foot (crushing the serpent, as in Genesis) arising out of the sea from which a rain storm would come (as with Elijah). My guardian angel has fun with me.

Did you know that Mary has two names? Well, three, at least.

  • “The Woman” as in Genesis 3:15, Gospel of John, etc
  • Mary – Miryam – Bitter Sea
  • The one who perfectly continues to stand perfectly transformed in grace from the time when – in context of Luke 1 – she was called to the be Virgin Mother of God, from all eternity, and that coming home at the first moment of her conception.

I realize I haven’t put up any homilies for a while, but I figure that if Pope Francis can give homilies over in Santa Marta the way he does, then I can give homilies over here in the beyonds of the peripheries.

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Homily 2018 06 07 Commandments 1-2

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Homily 2018 06 06 Filthy filthy liberals

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Homily 2018 06 03 – Corpus Christi

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Yikes!

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Homily 2018 05 30 Daily “Fix” of Irony

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Homily 2018 05 27 – Trinity Sunday and Memorial Day Weekend

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▲ MOST HOLY TRINITY, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He is offended. And through the infinite merit of His Most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.
▲ MOST HOLY TRINITY, I adore Thee! My God, My God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
▲ MY GOD, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love Thee! I ask pardon for for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love Thee.

A dare was also put before the congregation during the announcements at the end of Mass, that is, to “make it a thing” with those who have gathered with the family on Memorial Day weekend to to to a cemetery, any cemetery will do, and walk the markers until one finds a military marker, one preferably (sorry) with someone who obviously died during a conflict, and then, if one can, kneel down, no apologies, and say a prayer for those who gave their lives, for their families.

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Holy Trinity: Like Mother Like Son

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Picture taken down the mountain from a couple of Communion Calls the other week.

Thirty one years ago when I was a deacon, the ultra-liberal pastor of the parish said that I was up for preaching at all the Masses that weekend, and asked me what I was going to preach about. I said, “The Trinity” since it was the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. “Therefore,” he insisted. “Well, it’s like this,” said I:

  • One God
  • Two Processions
  • Three Persons
  • Four Relations
  • Five Notions…. etc.

He expressed his disgust with my all too academic approach. I quickly agreed with him, saying that that was a ploy to give an “explanation”[!] that would then hit home all the more. “What’s that?” he asked. “Mary!” I exclaimed. “What?!” he asked with anger. Of course, I was baiting him.

“Since it’s the Marian Year declared by Pope John Paul, I’ll say that Mary is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, the Daughter of the Father and the Mother of the Son.” At this point the Parochial Vicar joined in the conversation. The Pastor then scoffed and said that I was forbidden for the entire Marian Year to mention Jesus’ good mom, saying that it would be better for me to speak about social justice issues. I rebelled, of course, objecting that Mary was the absolute leader of the anawim. At this point the Parochial Vicar laughed out loud and exclaimed to the ultra-liberal Pastor that I had him, though he simply looked dumbfounded. The Parochial Vicar then explained that the anawim were the poor and lowly ones in the Hebrew Scriptures. He laughed again, saving me. I did preach exactly in the way I said I would and did preach also about Jesus’ good mom throughout the rest of the Marian Year.

It’s good to fight for what you believe in regardless of the cost. This one cost me big time. Even the bishop of the time exclaimed to me that he couldn’t believe that I had persevered in my vocation. But, of course, I learn from Jesus’ good mom (and therefore also my mom, right?). She’s the ultimate fighter, from Genesis 3:15, throughout Jesus’ life on this earth, and until today. Like mother, like Son and… and… like mother, like son. And that’s true for all of us, right? Yes. That’s right. Jesus and His good mom are good and kind.

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Homily 2018 05 24 Jesus’ Hard sayings

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Jesus’ “hard sayings” as I’ve always heard them called, just need a bit of reason so that we can see the brilliance of the truths of the faith behind them. But instead we run to dismissiveness or literalness to escape the beauty of the Gospel. No need for that. Just a bit of God-given reason is needed. Donkeys to the rescue!

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Homily 2018 05 23 Don’t forbid him!

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Homily 2018 05 21 – Mater Ecclesiae!

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The above was taken by Father Jerabek on his trip to Rome earlier this year.

Nota bene: Lumen Gentium 1964. Here’s the Chapter on Mary:  Continue reading

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Homily 2018 05 18 – Peter’s love – brotherly or self-sacrificing? Translations of Bishops Conferences

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No audio. No homily. No sheep at Mass. That’s the way it’s been for some weeks. Those few who were able to assist at daily Mass are now busy with doctors and hospitals and people needing care at home. They’re in their late 70s and early 80s. This is a really, really, really tiny parish. Per capita, we do have a super high attendance rate, relatively speaking, proportionally speaking, when even one person shows up, but, with circumstances, they might not. We’re averaging just one daily Mass with attendance at the main church and at the mission church. We are dwindling in this “retire in the mountains fad” parish since that fad began and ended decades ago. Those who came then are now on their way out. But I digress. Regarding the Gospel from John:

(1) Peter is asked by Jesus whether Peter has a self-sacrificing love for Jesus and Peter says that he has a merely brotherly respect for Jesus.

(2) Peter is asked yet again by Jesus whether Peter has a self-sacrificing love for Jesus and Peter says that he has a merely brotherly respect for Jesus.

(3) Peter is asked a third time by Jesus whether Peter has a… a…. Ooops! Jesus changed the question this third time through. We recall that Peter denied Jesus three times. This time, Peter is asked not if he has a self-sacrificing love for Jesus, but whether Peter has a merely brotherly respect for Jesus. That hurts. Peter is deeply grieved not only that Jesus pointedly asked him a third time, but lowered the stakes so as to say that, no, Peter didn’t even have a brotherly respect for Jesus. But Peter answers in the affirmative not about the past, obviously, but right now, before the risen Jesus. Obviously, because of his grief, Peter wants to say that he now has a self-sacrificing love for Jesus, but how can he? Jesus is sporting those wounds on His hands and feet and side, in His heart.

But Jesus then encourages Peter, telling him about the self-sacrificing death by which Peter is to show his self-sacrificing love for Jesus. Mind you, Jesus giving us the opportunity to witness to Him by laying down our lives is an encouragement.

That’s all really cool, right? Not all think so. I remember one priest to whom I described all this from the Greek text of John’s Gospel instead of the dumbed-down stupid translations, and he objected ferociously, saying that it’s wrong to say all that, to follow the inspired text, that I should just follow the translation prepared by committee of some bishops conference, because we are not a complicated people and need to have texts that, because of being so ambiguous, so able to be manipulated, can reflect whatever flow of culture there happens to be at the time. In other words, Peter’s denial really wasn’t so serious. Jesus really didn’t reprimand him all that much. But if you dumb-down the sin and the reprimand, you also dumb-down Jesus’ encouragement of Peter and the heights of love to which Jesus wishes to bring Peter. So, let’s just stick with the inspired text. Why be dark and dumbed-down? Jesus’ love is most glorious. Thank you Jesus.

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Homily 2018 15 17 – Fired up. Yikes!

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For some reason I was really fired up at the homily today. Just seven minutes or so for the actual homily. But… Yikes!

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Homily 2018 05 14 – Everything I heard

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When I listen to my own homilies I feel embarrassed, slow-witted. I think: “Just spit it out!” When in Rome recently, perusing the Catholic bookstores, the usual books of homilies were to be seen, excitedly proclaiming in their titles that this is finally the volume we’ve all been waiting for, the homilies that are “unedited,” you know, because no one in their right mind just publishes their homilies without being edited first, not even Pope Francis. And who would record their homilies and put the audio online? That’s just embarrassing. It is. But it is what it is. It’s what I said, not well thought out, disconnected, un-understandable, missing premises, missing the conclusions to which I was leading. That’s always the case.

But here’s the deal, the angels take even such homilies as this and, because they are given in the context of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and sincerely presented as a help to eternal salvation (imagine that)… the angels take such words and help people to get something that will be of help anyway. I don’t know how many times people have come up to me after Mass and thanked me for saying something, which they then “repeat”, though I never said anything remotely like that, though I wish I had, because it was really good! Angels are so cool. So, having said that:

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Homily 2018 05 13 – Looooong homily

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After I apologized for the length of the homily, responses were along the lines of “That’s O.K., Father. It’s entertaining.” Maybe preaching is therapy after a rough week.

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Homily 2018 05 02 Wish for whatever

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Jesus to us: “Ask for whatever you want…”

Genie to us: “Ask for whatever you want…”

But how things work out is different…

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