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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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May 07, 2018

6th Sunday of Easter

Preached May 6, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Let us love one another, because love is of God.  “Love” is a much abused word that seems to have the power to turn...


April 23, 2018

4th Sunday of Easter

Preached April 22, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon In today’s 1st reading we heard St. Peter make a bold claim, one that scandalizes the world in which we live today, just as...


April 09, 2018

Divine Mercy Sunday

Preached April 8, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon In today’s Gospel, Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, greets his Apostles three times, saying, Peace be with you.  Then he tells Thomas, Do...


March 05, 2018

3rd Sunday of Lent

Preached March 4, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon  Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace. Those are the words of Jesus as he purifies the Temple of the Lord, chasing the money...


February 23, 2018

Chair of St. Peter

Preached February 22, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon When Jesus asks his Apostles, Who do you say that I am? Peter answers on behalf of all of them, You are the Christ,...


September 13, 2017

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached September 9, 2017; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon  If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. The words of the Psalmist are meant as a warning to each one of...


19th Sunday of Ordinary Time
August 14, 2017

19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached August 13, 2017; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Last Sunday we celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration, when Jesus was revealed on the mountain top with light of God’s glory shining forth...


Transfiguration of the Lord
August 06, 2017

Transfiguration of the Lord

Preached August 6, 2017; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Jesus was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. We are used to the saying,...


17th Sunday of Ordinary Time
July 30, 2017

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached July 30, 2017; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Jesus says, Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you. (Mt 7:7) Well and...