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Deacon Greg's Homily 7-1-18

Last month I offered that Summer was a time for us to learn about Discipleship, and to consider accepting the challenge to do what Jesus would do, and a regular basis, each day of our lives. While it’s fair to agree that this challenge might be very difficult, demanding a lot of life-changing effort and prayer; I’d like to propose that the things we do on a regular basis can indeed be what Jesus needs it to be, without much effort at all… An openness and a willingness to simply ask seem to be the key ingredients that today’s readings offer.

I’m certainly guilty of overthinking things from time to time, and quite frankly I’ll admit to presenting the Gospel in quite the dramatic fashion. But today, I should just allow the obvious to make the point. In today’s second reading, St. Paul reminds the Corinthians and us that we already “know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, for [our] sake he became poor, so that by his poverty [we] might become rich. Not t…

Deacon Dan's Homily 6-24-18

John the Baptist is the only person, after Jesus himself, whose birth the church celebrates with a solemn Feast. Not even Mary’s birth is celebrated as a solemnity, We celebrate the birth of John the Baptist on June 24th and when that date falls on Sunday, as it does today, the normal readings for that particular Sunday is supplanted by the story of John,

The church does this because of his close connection with the life and ministry of Jesus. Six months separate the birth of John before we celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th. John’s day of birth is a midsummer event just as Jesus’ day of birth is a mid-winter event.

There is sort of a theological logic the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas coincides more or less with the winter solstice. Just as the light of the sun begins to make a comeback after darkness has reached its peak, we celebrate the birth of the light of the world.

The celebration of the birth of John the Baptist coincides, in contrast, with the su…

Deacon Dan's Homily 6-10-18

There is no doubt that doubt and doubting is part of the human condition. Doubting is the sign that we are using our Reason. Doubt is natural and in itself, it is not evil. Today’s Genesis account shows, without, doubt, that doubt has been with us from the very beginning of our primordial existence.

Adam, the principal character of this Genesis story was the first to doubt God. In itself, not bad but his doubting led him to misunderstand God, and his misunderstanding led to disharmony. Disharmony is counter to Gods will. The divine will that desires us, his supreme creation to live in harmony. Harmony with Him, Harmony with others and harmony with ourselves.

Scholars tell this divine will was the reason God forbade our common ancestors from eating of that certain tree. God in his divine wisdom knew that partaking of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil would bring about disharmony.

And so it did. Adam doubted. Adam misunderstood. Adam bit and disharmony followed. Di…

Deacon Dan's Homily 5-13-18

The Scriptures today reveals the Ascension Event. An event so important that the Church transferred it celebration from the historical 40th day after Easter to this Sunday. It does so that more of, you, the faithful would be able to reflect on its import, unhindered by usual Thursday events of work and school.

We hear of the event in two parts, first from the opening chapter of Acts. There it is the 40th day, and Jesus is preparing them for the coming of the Paraclete, the Advocate, and the Holy Spirit’s arrival on the great day of Pentecost. He told them he must go but first enjoins them not to leave the confines of Jerusalem. He asks them to wait for the Spirit and then commands them that then they will become his witnesses not only in “Jerusalem but Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” It is then that they look upward while Jesus is ascending.

The last chapter of the Gospel of Mark tells us the rest of the Ascension story. It begins, in contrast, with a command for the …

Deacon Greg’s Homily 6-10-18

The Purpose of a Summer Vacation (not just for students) is to close out the good (or bad) year... It’s all behind you. Relax, recharge and re-focus. And with respect to Church and the Word here at Mass, continue to study Discipleship. That is, we need to pay attention to the words and actions of The Master each week, because as a disciple, we really do need to do what Jesus does... I guess we can change the bracelet to read DWJD. Anyway, bear with me...

The other day, and this won’t surprise many of you, I had a thought about just how simple life can be. Take the microwave oven, the car, and the Internet for example… You push the button or turn the key, and IT JUST WORKS! Now I understand that a lot of complicated parts and processes need to be in place and working, in order to make this happen, but if you’re like me, I choose to humbly accept all of it with thanksgiving and simply benefit from its reality! I also know that we owe a great debt to the Lord in creating the lives…