Tag: Homily

Easter is Absurd

Easter is absurd. Death on a cross followed by resurrection after a few days? That’s crazy. The miracles Jesus performed in his life before that? Also, absurd. When I stop and think about the billions of Christians over time who have bought into this story, I kind of can’t believe it.  But on the flip…

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From Darkness to Light

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O God, my rock and my redeemer. Amen. This is our fifth Sunday in Lent. Next week is Palm Sunday, that strange, difficult…

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Spring Cleaning

When I was growing up our family observed a time-honored ritual every year which was affectionately known as “spring cleaning.”  Unlike the normal cleaning from week to week, which amounted to dusting and vacuuming and generally straightening up, spring cleaning was an all-out assault on a year’s worth of filth and clutter.  It was commonly…

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Perseverance

I was listening to the radio the other day, and caught an interview with two NASA scientists. It turns out, the new Mars rover Perseverance has landed on the Red Planet. The host interviewing the scientists promised not to go overboard with her own speculations, but asked the question that we all wonder about: what would it…

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Ash Wednesday Reflection

Thank you for joining us today as we celebrate Ash Wednesday, the very beginning of the liturgical season of Lent.  In preparation for today’s homily, I took some time to reflect on growing up in my family and how we celebrated Lent.  Interestingly enough, we didn’t eat meat on any Friday throughout the year.  Not…

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Simplify: Spiritual Songs for Lent

The Merriam-Webster definition of “simplify” is “to reduce to basic essentials.” Lent is the time to spiritually simplify. On Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, preparing to fast, traditionally we clean out our cupboards and fridge of all that sugar and butter. (The reason for all of those pancake suppers!) Flowers give way to greens on the…

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