Homily stories

30 Jul 2017

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary, Cycle A

Just ask!

A young boy was out with his grandma one day at a shopping center. They walked past a toy store and the boy saw a toy detective set in the window. It had a little gun and a holster and little plastic handcuffs and a magnifying glass—everything you need to be a young detective.

23 Jul 2017

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Dig deep and grow strong

Urban farming has taken the country by storm, as Indiana Public Media reports. Across the nation, people are taking back the land one acre and one project at a time. A shuttered shopping mall in Cleveland with atrium lighting is being transformed into a giant indoor farm thanks to a project called “Gardens Under Glass.”

16 Jul 2017

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

New life is real life

My family and I were driving home to Chicago from a summer trip to southern Indiana when we were lured by signs of fresh cold ice cream to stop by Fair Oaks Dairy Farm. The ice cream was well worth the stop and as we licked our delicious dairy treats atop crisp sugar cones, we meandered around the farm.

9 Jul 2017

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Give me a break

I have a problem: I struggle to rest. Some people don’t get to rest—because they have too much work and too many personal responsibilities. That’s often the case with me, too, but even when I know I should take time to rest, or am simply blessed with the opportunity, I have a hard time doing so.

2 Jul 2017

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Supermarket wisdom

After Dad died it fell to me to take Mom to the supermarket. We had radically different shopping styles. I was an aisle-by-aisle person working one end of the store to the other. Mom was a recipe shopper wandering all over for items for the meals she was planning on cooking.

25 Jun 2017

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Don't fear the first step

My daughter has a difficult time with transitions. Chalk it up to Down syndrome, obsessive-compulsiveness, or just being a teenager. Whatever the reason, when it comes to doing something she doesn’t want to do—wake up in the morning, get on the bus, ask a teacher a question, give a speech—she freezes up and refuses to move. 

18 Jun 2017

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), Cycle A

Abandoned lots

A recent Reddit thread asked the question: “Orphans who didn’t get adopted, what happened and how is life now?”

11 Jun 2017

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Cycle A

Hard-hitting message

You may remember back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, people would sometimes hold up signs that read “John 3:16” at football games. More recently, when outspoken Christian quarterback Tim Tebow played for the Florida Gators, he wrote “John 3:16” on his eye black in a championship game.

4 Jun 2017

Solemnity of Pentecost, Cycle A

Fly away

Kindergarten was a half-day class, so I was already home when my third-grade brother came into the yard after school holding a big red helium balloon on a string that he had won. He saw the look on my face and carefully handed it to me so he could go inside and change out of his uniform and I could enjoy it for a while. He was a good guy.

28 May 2017

Seventh Sunday of Easter, Cycle A

Unleashing some awesome power

At his Ascension, Christ assures onlookers “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” Little did his disciples know that they would receive this spiritual power almost immediately after Jesus finished speaking. I