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Oct 2019

Preached October 27, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Today’s parable about the Pharisee and the tax-collector is meant for people who are serious about the practice of their faith. Jesus is not condemning people who are religious but warning them of the dangers of self-righteousness and hypocrisy. Actually, human nature is such that you don’t have to be religious to be self-righteous and hypocritical. As for the Pharisees, we will understand the Gospel better if we clear from our minds the prejudice we have against them. The Pharisees were......

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October 21, 2019

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached October 20, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon In today’s Gospel Jesus gives us a lesson about the need to pray always without becoming weary. At the end of the lesson he...


February 18, 2019

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time  

Preached February 17, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon  If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the most pitiable of all people. The words of St. Paul are...


November 26, 2018

Christ the King

Preached November 25, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon This past week I came across a couple of commentaries speaking about how foreign the celebration of Christ the King appears to a democratic...


June 18, 2018

11th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached June 17, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon God is a wise and provident Father; he has a plan, which embraces the whole scope of human history and human life. When we...


May 14, 2018

Ascension of the Lord

Preached Saturday evening, May 12, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Whenever we speak of Jesus Christ, we must always keep in mind that the one divine person, the Son of God, is...


February 12, 2018

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

In today’s Gospel, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, stretches out his hand, with his fingers, and touches the leper, cleansing him of his leprosy. The gesture is filled with meaning because one of the...


December 11, 2017

2nd Sunday of Advent

For freedom Christ set us free. (Gal 5:1) That means that before Christ came into the world and before he came into our life, we were not free. In today’s 1st reading God commands the...


October 16, 2017

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached October 15, 2017; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Sunday after Sunday now we have been hearing a sequence of closely related parables. Last Sunday I pointed out the connection through the image...


October 09, 2017

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached October 8, 2017; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon In case you hadn’t notice the image of the vineyard is an important one in Scripture. This is the third Sunday in a row...