We Need to be UNcomfortable (26.C)

Today’s Gospel has a winner, Lazarus, and a loser, the rich man. And a clear target: “those… who loved money.” Our first reading also takes aim at the rich and comfortable. The prophet Amos thunders at those who sleep on elegant beds, eating...

The Discipleship Path (24.C)

In the Christian classic The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis takes us into the classrooms of hell where a senior devil is instructing his nephew on how to destroy the spiritual life of a young Christian.Lewis had the brilliant idea that, by seeing things from the...

Priorities, Acceptance and Surrender (23.C)

A wonderful teacher at St. Anthony’s gives her students a preview of the Sunday Gospel every Friday. This year she’s teaching grade one on Fridays, and she confessed she didn’t know how she’d explain to the youngsters why Jesus said they...

Why Live ‘The Good Life’? (22.C)

A homily on a holiday weekend ought to be fairly short. That’s what I’m aiming for, but I want to try an answer to a very big question: why be good? Over the centuries, both pagan philosophers and Christian thinkers have offered two basic answers to the...

Nothing Boring About the Kingdom (21.C)

I read an article on a terrific blog this week: it’s headed “Seven Reasons Your Sermons Are Boring.”That’s a bit mean. Surely three reasons would be more than enough?But I humbly plowed through all seven–though if I talked about them all...