Archive for June, 2017


Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Basil’s

June 7, 2017


The readings we have heard are those of the day, and at first, they may seem out of place for a Mass of Thanksgiving such as this, but I can assure you they are – in fact – most appropriate.  Some how, Scripture always is. . . once we allow ourselves to be taught rather than think we have something to teach.

It is the Psalm that guides our interpretation this evening:  “The heart of the just one is firm, trusting in the Lord”  it is easy to see how this can be applied to Jesus, but since you most likely don’t know much about Tobit, I would like to explain why his witness is so appropriate for us this evening.

Tobit lived in Nineveh under the reign of King Sennacherib – who was a great military leader, ruled with a steel fist, and built the city into a modern marvel at the time.  However, as you know, in its quest for greatness, the city fell far away from God.

Tobit was a righteous man who not only remained faithful to God when all else fell to worshipping idols, but also had a great reverence for the souls of the just, burying those slain by the King.  For this, he was stripped of his properties and exiled.  After a long period he was allowed to return, which is where our reading picks up.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the Tuesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time (Tobit 2:9-14, Psalm 112; Mark 12:13-17)


Pentecost 2017

June 4, 2017


As the father has sent me, so I send you.   As I was sent, so you are sent.  As a result of what you have learned, of the relationship that you have known, you are to go out and share your experience of God.

I do not think there is a single person is this church who is not aware of the overlapping messages presented to us today, for we are aware of what this commissioning means for us a global, universal church as well as what it means for us as a parish.

Over the past four years, we have had a remarkable experience of church – this is as true for me as it is for each of you.  The temptation is, for us, just as it was for the disciples – feeling that they could not recreate it, the disciples wanted to return to what they knew before.  It was easier for them to go back to their old lives, to be satisfied with what existed before they met Jesus.  And they tried – they just couldn’t do that.

Because how can you be satisfied with once was when you have lived for what is possible?

CLICK HERE for the readings for Pentecost (Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-14; John 20:19-23)