30th Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]

The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]
Jeremiah 31:7-9  —  Hebrews 5:1-6  —  Mark 10:46-52
October 28, 2012

Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”  [Mark 10:49]

               Homilies don’t usually begin by quoting an oil company advertisement.  After all, many people don’t think of an oil company’s goals as lining up with the Gospel.  But sometimes you can catch glimpses of the Truth in places you don’t expect.  I won’t tell you the name of the oil company, but listen to the ‘headline’ of this ad, as well as some of its text.
               The headline sets up the ad:  “The world is growing by more than 70 million people a year. … So is that a problem, or a solution?”  Well, that’s an interesting start:  it makes us wonder where this ad is headed.

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]

The Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]
Isaiah 53:10-11  +  Hebrews 4:14-16  +  Mark 10:35-45
October 21, 2012

“So let us confidently approach the throne of grace
to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.” [Hebrews 4:16]

               There are two different reasons why a person might need courage.
               The first reason would be that he’s the sort of person who looks for trouble:  an aggressive person.  You know people like this, who love conflict.  These people use their own form of courage to stoke the fire:  to keep the energy level high enough to continue battling and pressing forward.  Of course, this is only courage of a sort, and not likely a Christian form of courage.

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]

The Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time [B]
Wisdom 7:7-11    Hebrews 4:12-13    Mark 10:17-30
October 14, 2012

“Yet all good things together came to me in her company,
and countless riches at her hands.” [Wisdom 7:11]

               In the middle of a forest, a hunter and his hunting partner were suddenly confronted by a huge, mean bear, followed by Mama Bear and Baby Bear.  In their fear, all of the hunters’ attempts to shoot the bears were unsuccessful.  Finally, the hunters turned and ran as fast as they could.  They ran until they reached the edge of a very steep cliff.  Their hopes were dim.  Seeing no way out of their predicament, the first hunter got down on his knees, raised his arms, and exclaimed, “Dear God! Please make these bears ‘religious’!”
               The sky darkened and lightning flashed across the sky.  Just a few feet short of the hunters, Papa Bear came to abrupt stop, fell to its knees, looked up into the sky and folded its paws together.  Mama Bear and Baby Bear followed suit, and they all began praying in whispered voices.

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]

The Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time  [B]
Genesis 2:18-24  +  Hebrews 2:9-11  +  Mark 10:2-16
October 7, 2012

 “The Lord God said: ‘It is not good for the man to be alone.’” [Genesis 2:18]

A few years ago, a dear friend went into the hospital to have a pacemaker implanted.  This was scheduled well in advance.  The evening before the surgery, I conferred the Sacrament of Anointing upon her.  She then told me that earlier in the day, she had gone to confession and Holy Mass, and that she couldn’t be more ready for the surgery.  She had a look of complete serenity on her face.
The next day, I went to visit her at the hospital before the surgery began.  She had left her home at 8:00 a.m. and was supposed to go in for surgery at noon.  Well, at 2 p.m., she was still waiting.  I had to leave at that point:  I was disappointed that she had to wait for so long; but through it all, she was completely serene.

The parish I serve

<b>The parish I serve</b>
St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in Colwich, Kansas (Diocese of Wichita)