Archive for May, 2018


Baccalaureate Mass – UST 2018

May 19, 2018


The linked homily was given to the Graduating Class of 2018 of the University of St. Thomas  in Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral in Houston, Texas.  

Follow Me.  No doubt you have heard these words many different times and from many different peoplein your life.  And you will hear them again, but starting today, I dare say that they are not so much of a command, as they once were, but a choice.

If not this weekend, at some point in the near future, your academic career will end.  Though I pray you never stop learning, it will no longer occur in a classroom or with the assistance of a syllabus.  The schedule you have known and the assigned instructors you have received now open up to a plethora of choices.  Follow me, they will say.  The choice about who you follow is perhaps the most important of all, because from them, you will learn what, who and how to love.

In this way, our Gospel is a bit deceiving because it seems to imply that life is first about who you love before it is about who you follow. Do you love me, Jesus asks.  It is tempting to think that our activity begins with our answer to this question, but we have to remember that today’s reading is from the end of John’s Gospel.


The Ascension of the Lord

May 14, 2018


Go to the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every living creature.  . . . it sounds simple enough doesn’t it?  But there is an awful lot happening, behind the scenes of this command, that is worthy of our consideration.

First, the context in which we hear this Gospel.  The Gospels we hear just before speak to what is about to happen.  Jesus tells the disciplines, “it is better for you if I go,” and “I have much to tell you but you cannot bear all of it now.”  And so I ask you, why is it better for them if Jesus goes?”  And what is it about what he wants to say that they cannot take?

Simple: that by the grace of the Holy Spirit, they have been given what they need to save themselves.  That because of Jesus’ resurrection and then ascension we have all that we need by the grace of the spirit.  And yet how many of us keep praying without the accompanying activity?


6th Sunday of Easter

May 7, 2018


What are the qualities you attribute with the saints?  That is what are the qualities you attribute to holiness?  How do you know someone is holy? What is the measuring stick?

In Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis writes that there are five great expressions of love for God and neighbour of particular importance in the light of the limitations present in today’s culture.  In many respects, this list of five expressions are the exact expressions we find in all of our readings today.  They include:

Inner Strength that comes from the love of God; Joy and Humor; Boldness, no fear; to exist in Community; and to exist in Constant Prayer.  These are the five expressions of holiness – five expressions that are present when we are with God.

If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, and my joy will be complete in you.  My friends, we are called to live with joy.