Deacons’ Homilies

  • 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 […]

  • Homily for 33rd Sunday OT – Cycle B

    Years ago a close friend and I were discussing Scripture. He is a staunch Christian who interprets the Bible literally. If it says that Eve was created from a rib […]

  • Homily for the 25th Sunday OT – Cycle B

    Riding the Q train into Brooklyn one Friday night, Hassan Askari, a Muslim, noticed ten thugs hassling a young couple for replying ‘Happy Chanukah’ when greeted with ‘Merry Christmas’. Fearing […]

  • Homily for the 15th Sunday OT – Cycle B

    July 10-11, 2021 OPENER After 50 years of marriage, spouses know one another very well. Dinner over, Madge asked Harry to bring her a bowl of ice cream. She added, […]

  • Fourth Sunday in Lent – Cycle B

    March 13-14, 2020 The message that struck me most in this weekend’s Scripture readings is this: God picks me…and you, not because of how good we are, but because God […]

  • Ash Wednesday Homily (Genesee)

    READINGS Joel  2:12-18     Return to the Lord with your whole heart, with fasting, prayer, and sacrifice. This is the time to set things right with God, who is gracious […]

  • Fifth Sunday OT February 7, 2021

    READINGS: Job 1-4, 6-7; Psalm 147; 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1:29-39 This past week, Governor Brad Little moved Idaho to Phase 3, lifting more of the restrictions imposed because […]