Homily stories

25 Oct 2020

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

What holy families can look like

In the summer of 2020, our parish, and the world, lost a vessel of unconditional love when Matt died of brain cancer at the age of 55. Matt adored his wife, Katie, and was an incomparable dad to his three kids.

25 Oct 2020

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Rule number one

Mr. Cardinale was rehearsing his lines in his mind. His daughter had missed curfew once again, and she’d already been warned. How often had he told her about curfew—rule number one?

25 Oct 2020

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

A whole lot of love

The greatest commandment: Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, doesn’t really need a second commandment to follow it. But Jesus offers one about loving your neighbor as yourself. Why?

25 Oct 2020

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The cry for justice

I met a community organizer at a number of meetings in the neighborhood. I liked her style, so one day I asked her how she had gotten into her profession. She spoke of her idealism in college, but that it was mostly talk and little action. A trip to India radicalized her as she experienced the sheer enormity of the poverty that she found all around her.

18 Oct 2020

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Trick questions

I heard a little girl in the grocery store pleading with her mother. “Please, please, please buy me the pink cookies!” she wailed. And then she decided to set the trap. “Will you buy me the pink cookies, or do you hate me?” she asked.

18 Oct 2020

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

One, one thousand, two . . .

Clock-watching is a miserable pastime, yet sadly people all over the world are in jobs where they often do just that. It really has nothing to do with the job.

11 Oct 2020

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Happy days will be here again

I love to dress casually—maybe it was years of wearing a Catholic school uniform. The polyester-blend jumper was too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. I always had to wear something underneath—shorts in the summer so I could be active on the playground and pants in the winter for warmth—so the jumper was bunched up and ill-fitting.

11 Oct 2020

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

I hope you dance

Kelly, a teenage girl on vacation with her parents, was having a horrible time. And her face and her posture let everyone know it. All week long she’d moped by the resort’s pool—alone with her cell phone.

11 Oct 2020

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

You’re not worthy

People turn down great business opportunities every day out of fear, suspicion, or lack of vision. Instead of seeing possibilities, they see threats and end up losing out.

4 Oct 2020

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

A bucket list lesson

My brothers and their wives and I found ourselves in the hills of Tuscany in late October one year, staying in a villa that overlooked rolling row after row of grapevines. The leaves on the vines were autumn gold. Royal purple grapes hung heavy on the vines.