August 5, 2018
Now in our second of several Sunday of "Bread of Life" Gospel passages from John, Father Kevin offers some Exodus background to Jesus' declaration to the crowds that have followed him that he himself is "the Bread of Life".
This homily was given at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Spokane, WA.
July 22, 2018
As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Apostle, James, also known as "Santiago", we celebrate his patronage over pilgrims everywhere and acknowledge his witness to the great Christian virtue of "accompaniment along the Way,"
July 22, 2018
We are called to be good shepherds.
Learning to be a good shepherd is not so easy...Jesus is the model for all of us, popes, priests, parents!
July 1, 2018
Mark employs an odd literary style to make two great Gospel stories into one: the "Gospelburger". He slices the first story in half (Jairus and his 12-year old daughter who is dying) and slips into the middle another story, the woman suffering from a flow of blood for twelve years. As the two stories are served up as one, it becomes clear they are together a "theophany moment" for the Evangelist: God's presence in Jesus is made manifestly manifest! But not with clouds and booming voices as at the Jordan River or the Mount of Transfiguration, but through that most human of gifts, touch!
May 20, 2018
John's Gospel gives a quite different account of the "Holy Spirit Moment" for Jesus' disciples following the Resurrection. Rather than fifty days later, it happens on the First Day of the Week, Easter itself! No great winds or flames of fire here, just Jesus breathing on each of his disciples to share with them the Holy Spirit. And instead of seven-fold gifts, they receive just one: the grace to forgive. That "breath" of Jesus is a very big breath indeed...it is the "Ruach" of God himself!
March 18, 2018
The rolling hills of the Palouse just south of Spokane offer a lovely image of the wheatland world Jesus knew well in Galilee. From this world he finds a potent image to make sense of his coming death...and teaches all of us the power of "letting go" and dying to self.
March 11, 2018
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only son..." (John 3:16) This famous verse from John's Gospel summarizes well the "Good News" of the Christian faith. God loves so much that he created the world and all it contains and us within it...that is very good news! That he then shared with us his Son becoming flesh to live among us and share with us our joys and sufferings, that too is very good news! But there is a dark side too that John expresses further on: So this is the deal: the Light came into the world, but we preferred the darkness. That is not good news.
Lent calls us to examine what is yet dark within us and turn then to the Light.
March 1, 2018
We complete our parish's Lenten Mission with a service of reconcilition in which we allow the Father to enfold us in his merciful and compassionate arms. We are the sons; he is the crazy-in-love Father for us, too!
February 28, 2018
Now, finally, we meet the elder son. His sin in refusing to come into the feast, too, is very grave. The Father's appeal to him shows forth the same mercy, compassion, and "crazy-love" as he earlier showed forth to his younger son. Will the elder boy refuse the invitation or accept the father's love and come into the feast? That is the great question left unanswered by Jesus as he ends this parable.