The wedding banquet in today’s Gospel reading is, quite obviously, an allegory for the kingdom of God. It also presents to us the Eucharist, which is the wedding banquet between Christ, the bridegroom, and the Church, his bride. We currently live in a paradox concerning God’s kingdom. The fact that we can receive the Eucharist […]

Jesus concludes the allegory in today’s Gospel reading by saying, “The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.” By our own rebellious lives, wanting to take the vineyard for ourselves, we can reject God’s will for us.  We can reject Jesus, the cornerstone of our lives. And when we tear away that cornerstone […]

The rich young man had being doing a lot of things to live a proper moral life, according to Jewish teaching. You might say that he had come to the entry level to eternal life and wanted to know what the next step would be. He was confident that he was observing all of the […]

Jesus answers St. Peter that he must forgive his brother or sister seven times seventy times. He tells the parable. Once more we are reminded of the importance of forgiving others – a reminder that can’t come too often. Jesus ends the parable by saying, “And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with […]

As you just heard, the epileptic boy’s father said to Jesus, “Lord, have pity on my son, for he is a lunatic and suffers severely…” This is prayer at its very basic – an impassioned plea for God’s mercy. My usual process of preparing a homily is to print out the readings on Sunday evening […]

Mt 14 22-34 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 2016 You’ve all probably heard about the priest, the minister and the rabbi who went fishing. They had been out on lake for about an hour when the priest said he was going to go to the concession stand and get a beer. He stepped out of the […]

Dick VanDyke, in his book, “Faith, Hope and Hilarity”, recounts the fifth-grade religion class student who, when asked what his favorite story from the Bible was, responded that he liked the one about the multitude that loafs and fishes. Humor aside, the language of this event in Jesus’ life connects the multiplication of the loaves […]

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