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Apr 2018

Preached April 15, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon On Easter Sunday I spoke about the spooky quality of Jesus’ resurrection, a spooky quality that we are presented with in today’s Gospel. Indeed, the disciples think at first that they are seeing a ghost. When finally they are convinced that Jesus is really there and really alive, the experience is still out of this world, this is the man they had seen crucified who is now standing before them alive. Yet, as I also said on Easter Sunday, this is......

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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...


April 01, 2018

Easter Sunday

Preached April 1, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon It can be very disconcerting to find out that you are not alone, when you thought you were. Imagine coming into your house in...


March 31, 2018

Easter Vigil   

Preached March 31, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Those of you who have been attending all the service through the Sacred Triduum will have noticed that I have been placing great emphasis...


Good Friday
March 30, 2018

Good Friday

Preached March 30, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon In recounting Jesus’ death on the Cross, the Evangelist John makes a special note of the fulfillment of two passages of Scripture, the first...


March 29, 2018

Holy Thursday

Preached March 29, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon The Mass is not a re-enactment of the Last Supper. If you want a re-enactment you could go to the ‘Last Days of Jesus’...


March 26, 2018

Palm Sunday

Preached March 25, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon In the 2nd Eucharistic prayer, the priest introduces the consecration narrative saying of Jesus, “At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly into...


March 19, 2018

5th Sunday of Lent

Preached March 18. 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon I didn’t plan this. Last Sunday I finished a series of seven homilies on the basics of the Catholic faith. I started out with...


March 12, 2018

4th Sunday of Lent

Preached March 11, 2018; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon On this joyful Sunday of Lent – the reason for the rose color vestments – the readings start out on a rather grim note...


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...