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Jul 2019

Preached July 28, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon The word of God reveals to us a reality that is hidden from human eyes. So in today’s 1st reading God reveals to Abraham the moral standing of the city of Sodom in his presence. The word of God here also reveals the proper, fundamental response of the just man to the wickedness of Sodom, intercession, and the efficaciousness of that intercession, depending upon a minimum of justice (just ten just men) within the city. So Abraham pleaded with God to......

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July 08, 2019

14th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached July 7, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Last Sunday we heard how Jesus resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, where he knew that he would be crucified and rise again from...


July 01, 2019

13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Preached June 30, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Just as Jesus determined resolutely to journey to Jerusalem, where he knew that he was to be crucified, knowing also that he would rise...


June 17, 2019

Trinity Sunday

Preached June 16, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon An ancient creed in use in the Catholic Church and, until the 1970s, recited by priests every Sunday morning, begins: “Whoever wishes to be...


June 10, 2019

Pentecost Sunday

Preached June 9, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon As we have just heard, on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles and disciples in the form of tongues...


June 03, 2019

Ascension of the Lord

Preached June 2, 2019 The last two Sundays, following the readings, I have spoken about the New Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven from God; I also spoke about the mini-Jerusalem that is established...


May 13, 2019

4th Sunday of Easter

Preached May 11, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Let me start off today with an advertisement. We have a parish subscription for “Formed”, which is a sort of Catholic “Netflix”, with an...


April 23, 2019

Easter Sunday

Preached April 21, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Peter and John come to the empty tomb – the tomb is empty; death is empty; death has been defeated. Inside the empty tomb...


April 08, 2019

5th Sunday of Lent

Preached April 7, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Last Sunday we heard the well-known parable of the prodigal son. The prodigal son returns home, is welcomed by his father, restored to his...


April 01, 2019

4th Sunday of Lent

Preached March 31, 2019; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon We have just heard the well-known and much beloved Parable of the Prodigal Son. We could look at this parable from the perspective of...