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“A Sermon to White America?” Remarks for Shared Homily

May 5, 2019

A sermon to white America. For weeks now, I’ve been haunted by that phrase from Michael Eric Dyson. Rev. Dr. Dyson is professor of sociology at Georgetown University, a black…


Casting our nets on the other side (and other Easter disruptions).

May 5, 2019

One hundred and fifty-seven years ago on this day in the battle of Puebla, a small, sad Mexican army defeated the much more powerful occupying French Army, surprising themselves and…


God is such a show-off

April 21, 2019

Alleluia, Christ is Risen! The Lord is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated! Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down! Christ…


The Great Vigil of Easter

April 21, 2019

It was early in the morning on the first day of the week. The sun was still coming up, and a small and tired group made their way through Jerusalem…


Boundaries

April 19, 2019

Holy Week is about boundaries being broken down. Boundaries of space and time and more. + Last night as I prayed at the altar of repose I was in the…


Suffering and Victory

April 14, 2019

There he is. Right there.  Certainly, this man was innocent. Then what is he doing there? Whycouldn’t he save himself? Why wouldn’t he reject all the taunting and ridicule and…


“And they all lived happily ever after”

March 31, 2019

“And they all lived happily ever after.” A fairy tale ending is so satisfying - everybody gets what they deserve: good people are rewarded, mean people are punished or (occasionally)…


Homily for the Requiem Mass of Brother Basil

March 16, 2019

Bishop Bill Franklin, of the Diocese of Western New York, and the Bishop Visitor of the Companions of St. Luke, send you greetings. He wished that he could be here…


Jerusalem or bust

March 17, 2019

Jesus is on a mission. Blues Brothers fans will not need to think twice about what kind of mission this is: he’s on a mission from God. He’s on a…


“The Look of Her Persona was Altered”

March 3, 2019

Faces. Veiled faces and unveiled faces. That’s the image threaded through all three of our scripture readings that claims me this evening (Exodus 34:29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36). The…