Deacons’ Homilies

  • Homily for Corpus Christi Sunday – Cycle C

    I had a pocket watch that belonged to my grandfather, who was a mailman in Seattle. Poppa Boats, we called him, because his second career was welding ships during WWII. […]

  • Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter – Cycle C

    The five-year-old was NOT going to go into the church. Despite his father’s urgings, the child resisted. “Why don’t you want to come to Mass”, the dad asked? “Because it’s […]

  • Homily for the 1st Holy Communion-Cycle C

    What is your favorite food or meal? What does eating good food do for us? Have you noticed how often our Scripture readings talk about Jesus feeding the crowds and […]

  • Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter–Cycle C

    Do you have a favorite food or meal? How about pizza, a steak…or burger and fries? Are you a fan of fish? Chicken? No meat at all? We eat to […]

  • Homily for Good Friday, Cycle C – Moscow

    “Because of his affliction, he shall see the light in the fullness of days…he shall take away the sins of many, and win pardon for [our] offenses.” “He was pierced […]

  • Homily for Holy Thursday, Cycle C – Genesee

    This is a mistake, Thomas. We shouldn’t be in Jerusalem with the authorities on the lookout for us! The Master didn’t even try to sneak into the city unseen. That […]

  • Third Sunday of Lent – Cycle C

    Have you ever reflected upon how often Scripture emphasizes repentance as the human road to redemption, while stubborn refusal to repent leads to destruction? For example, Cain killed his brother […]

  • Homily for Ash Wednesday – St. Mary’s Parish, Genesee

    I’m glad we’re beginning Lent tonight, which may sound a bit odd to some. I admit that I need the sacrifice Lent offers to grow in my faith and, in […]

  • Homily for the Seventh Sunday OT – Cycle C

    Have you ever had a splinter bury itself in your hand, say into the meat of your thumb, or under a fingernail, and try as you might you couldn’t get […]

  • Homily for Baptism of the Lord

    We’re here at the Jordan River, a bit north and east of Jericho, to witness a strange event. People have been flocking here from Jerusalem, a bit more than 20 […]