Reflection – Each of Us and All of Us

Last week, as part of my own preparation for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, I read the novel Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese.  I have been thinking about the multigenerational harm that was done in the name of our faith by those who represented our Church. Even as I was growing up in a Catholic community that fostered my sense of self-worth and unconditional love, Indigenous children were experiencing a Catholicism that stripped them of dignity and made ...

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Homily – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 25th, 2022

As is the case with almost all our Sunday Scripture readings, there is a strong connection between the first reading and the gospel. Let’s start with the reading from the Book of the Prophet Amos and see how it spills into the gospel and from there, see how it spills into our lives. 

First a little background. Amos lived about 700 years before Jesus. At that time the Jews, God’s Chosen People, lived in the northern kingdom called Israel while others ...

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Reflection – Pearls of Wisdom

Jesus spoke in parables with amazing insights into human behaviour; many of them so convincing that they have become clichés of our language.  One short parable was about a merchant who collected pearls and finally found the perfect one.  He was so invested in his search that he sold everything else he had in order to buy it.  When a young rich man asked Jesus for his advice, Jesus drew on his own parable and suggested the young man sell ...

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Homily – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 18th, 2022

As I try to preach the Word of God in my own ministry, I’m beginning to appreciate, more and more, the wisdom found in the first readings especially from the prophets of old. As social justice issues arise in our own time, I realize social justice issues were front and center for the Biblical prophets as well. The prophet Amos, whom we heard from in that first reading, protested the wealthy class, the business class, who were notorious for cheating ...

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Reflection – Look Within the Poor

“Homeless often ‘treated like dirt’” ran a headline in the September 8th edition of the Times & Transcript.  It grabbed my attention, and I felt a pang of guilt. 

The increasing number of homeless people appearing in our communities, particularly over the past few years, is disconcerting to see.  Recently, returning to my car with women friends, parked a couple of blocks north of Main Street, following a performance at the Capitol Theatre, as we left the lights and busyness of ...

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Reflection – The V.I.P Guest List

“Here is the God I want to believe in:  a Father who, from the beginning of creation, has stretched out his arms in merciful blessing, never forcing himself on anyone, but always waiting; never letting his arms drop down in despair, but always hoping his children will return so that he can speak of words of love to them and let his tired arms rest on their shoulders. His only desire is to bless.” (Henri Nouwen, 1992)

I wonder how many baptized ...

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Homily – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 4th, 2022

The late Fr. Daniel Berrigan was an American Jesuit priest, a peace activist, a poet, and an author. He was a person who put his faith into practice. Daniel stood for a consistent ethic of life, a respect for human life from conception to natural death and an equally strong ethic for the life of the planet. However, with being prophetic comes resistance. He was the first priest on the F.B.I.’s most wanted list. Because of his protests to abortion, ...

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Homily – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 28th, 2022

As you may have already figured out, there’s always a connection between the first reading, the Hebrew Scriptures, (or what we used to call the Old Testament) and the gospel. Sometimes all three readings dovetail nicely. The connection between the first and third readings centers around humility, being humble.

It says in that first reading from the Book of Sirach: “perform your tasks with humility.” A little later it says, “The greater you are, the more you must humble yourself.” And at the end of ...

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Homily – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 21st, 2022

The first reading, from Isaiah, is about God’s great desire to gather the Jewish people who were conquered and deported to Babylon. But that desire of God is too small, for God wants to gather all the peoples of the world together. What’s happening to the Jewish people is not just for them but for everybody. That reading ends with universalism, that the temple of Yahweh will be the centerpiece of all the world. It’s not to be a tribal ...

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Homily – 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 14th, 2022

I have always believed this to be true of my life, and I suspect it’s true of everyone life—that whatever is good, worthwhile, and enduring came to us through hard work and sacrifice, either our own or the sacrifice of someone who came before us. Let’s of course not dismiss, for one moment, God’s grace which is always part of everything we do. Without hard work and sacrifice, we appreciate very little, and life becomes an easy-come-easy-go affair. Again, if ...

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