Archive for November, 2017


Solemnity of Christ the King

November 26, 2017


What you hear in today’s readings are the qualifications for Christ the King.  You could think about this like his campaign promise, which is also a rather brutal commentary on the incumbent party.

If you were to read the section of Ezekiel just before what we hear today, you will understand Ezekiel tells them, “Woe to you who feed yourselves.  For you consume the milk, cover yourself with wool and kill what was fattened.  You did not feed my flock.  You did not strengthen the weak, heal the sick and because you did not lead them, they were dispersed and killed.”

And so we hear today, what the leaders would not do, God will do on his own.  Through Ezekiel, God promises to save Israel – not just to send a Messiah, a savior, but to be the savior.  God promises to come down and save us from ourselves.


33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 20, 2017


I have always been intrigued by the reaction of the third slave, whom I consider to be the “cautious” or “careful” slave. He seems to be an upright, honest man.

He was not the smartest of the three, for he got the least amount of money, but if he weren’t a decent person, his master would have hardly entrusted him with a share of his money at all. The first and second slaves were shrewd operators; they knew how to play the market and doubled their investment.

The third slave lived in fear because his master was a greedy, demanding man who liked his money and did not look kindly upon the foolishness and failure of those in his employ.

I know many people who behave like this third slave.

The problem with this third slave is that he refused to take risks; he would not step out into the unknown.  But life is a risk.  Using your talents is a risk, because it typically means we are working outside of comfort zone, but I also think that is why we hear from Proverbs today:  specifically, the proverb of the “Good Wife”.

I say this because it is the women in my life who have helped me develop my talents the most.  And more and more I am convinced that our world will not be the place it is supposed to be until it more fully embraces the feminine side of our humanity.  The is true of our politics, our church, our streets and our homes.

As Referenced in the Homily:  “A Woman’s Place” by Kathryn Beaty, Howard Books, 2016.



32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 6, 2017


Unless you have been to a Jewish wedding, the idea of waiting for the Bridegroom may seem a bit strange.  For us, the focus is the bride, but Jewish customs focus on the bridegroom.

In the first century, the high point of the wedding was not the entrance of the bride but when the groom, accompanied by his attendants, went to the family house of the bride to transfer her to his home.

In his home the rest of the ceremony would occur and in his home the groom’s sisters and cousins would wait.  These are the “bridesmaids” that would have been waiting – not as we understand them, but those who had been asked to prepare the home for the great union of love.

And so what does this parable say about us?  We are likened to those bridesmaids who have been asked to prepare the earth for the great union of love between God and the Church.  And just like the parable, some of us have prepared well, some of us have not.