|December 27||Fr. Lawrence||2nd Sunday of Christmas||John 1:1 again – for those who didn’t get to Christmas Day mass.|
|December 25||Fr. Lawrence||Christmas Day||The poetry of the Prologue of John’s Gospel – in the original Greek|
|December 24||Fr. Lawrence||Children’s Liturgy||The final rehearsal for the Pageant got snowed out – and God doesn’t care.|
|December 20||Fr. Lawrence||4th Advent||Luke’s Magnificat|
|December 8||Fr. Lawrence||2nd Advent||“In the fifteenth year…” In Luke’s spirituality, God chooses to be WITH us in history – not apart from it.|
|November 29||Fr. Lawrence||1st Advent||With joyful and patient hope, we prepare for the Son of Man’s coming in glory…|
|November 22||Fr. Lawrence||Christ the King||Jesus is King – i.e. Son of Man who came to serve, not to be served.|
|November 15||Fr. Lawrence||33rd Ordinary||The last reading from Mark – the apocalypse. “Come grow old with me” says God.|
|November 8||Fr. Lawrence||32nd Ordinary||The last part of Jesus’ teaching in Mark. The heart of the matter…|
|November 1||Fr. Lawrence||All Saints/Souls||We celebrate the Communion of Saints – and pray with/for all those who have gone before as well as all those who will come after us.|
|October 25||Fr. Lawrence||30th Ordinary||Bartimaeus is blind. However, he “sees” the mission of Jesus more clearly than the Apostles.|
|October 18||Fr. Lawrence||29th Ordinary||Act III, Scene 3. “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.”|
|October 11||Fr. Lawrence||28th Ordinary||Scene 2, Act III. A 3-part homily on “stuff.” “If
you want to be my disciple, give up your dominion over people
and your quest for stuff…”
|October 4||Fr. Lawrence||27th Ordinary||“And Jesus said.” He probably did utter an absolute
prohibition against divorce. The Church has been creating
loopholes ever since to make the doctrine “livable.”
|September 27||Fr. Lawrence||Feast of St. Vincent||Vincent found out what God was saying in the gospel later in
life. We can, too – and on a personal level, an
institutional level, and a reform level.
|September 20||Fr. Lawrence||25 Ordinary||Mark’s gospel. The second prediction of the passion.
And the disciples STILL don’t get it….
|September 4||Fr. Kennedy Seketa||23 Ordinary||The homilist encourages us to look at our daily lives as
opportunities to grow in the love God and do all for the love of
|August 30||Fr. Lawrence||22 Ordinary||The gospel according to Mark. The homilist give a broad
outline of the gospel for the year, Mark, which we return to
after a long hiatus.
|August 23||Fr. Lawrence||21 Ordinary||The homilist, like Joshua, reminds us of the great things the
Lord has done for us. Choose – between the Lord or the
gods of those among whom we dwell. “As for me and my
house, we will serve the Lord.”
|August 16||Fr. Lawrence||20th Ordinary||John 6: Sermon on the Bread of Life. The homilist
explicates the Eucharistic Prayer (Canon) as it relates to
this Sermon. See
|July 26||Fr. Lawrence||Song of Songs||Our love, like God’s love, should be as passionate as that
celebrated in the Song of Songs.
|July 19||Fr. Lawrence||Esther||Like Esther, we are part of the Diaspora. We must be part
of, but not assimilated, by the empire in which we live.
|July 12||Fr. Lawrence||Ruth||“Wherever you go, I will go…You’re people will be my people,
your God, my God…”
|June 28||Fr. Lawrence||13th Ordinary||Jesus engages in His healing ministry. Healing???|
|June 21||Fr. Lawrence||12th Ordinary||Mark revisited – Jesus asleep in the boat during the storm.
“God will not go away.”
|June 14||Fr. Lawrence||Corpus Christi||This is my blood, the new covenant which shall be shed for
|June 7||Fr. Lawrence||Trinity Sunday||God created
humans in His own image. What we can learn of God, we
learn by knowing ourselves.
|May 31||Graduating High School seniors||Pentecost||Reflections –
at post-communion time graduating seniors reflect on their life
at St. Vincent’s.
|May 31||Fr. Lawrence||Pentecost||The homilist
addresses the high school graduates who are celebrating at this
service. Christ commissioned us to use our talents in the
service of God.
|May 24||Fr. Lawrence||7th Easter||The add-ons to
the Gospel of Mark.
|May 17||Fr. Kennedy||6th Easter||“Love one
another as I have loved you….”
|5th Easter||“Paul, what
are you doing?”
|May 3||Fr. Lawrence||4th Easter
Sunday. The homilist addresses the first communicants
about their role as sheep and shepards.
|April 26||Fr. Lawrence||3rd Easter||Jesus appears
to the disciples on the way to Emmaus. “…having
accomplished all according
to the scripture…”
|April 19||Fr. Lawrence||2nd Easter||The
Resurrection story according to John. “I am going to my
God AND your God…”
|April 12||Fr. Lawrence||Easter Sunday||“He is risen”
And we will rise as well….
|April 5||Fr. Lawrence||Palm Sunday||The passion
according to Mark. The homilist explicates three
specifically Markian passages in the narrative.
|March 29||Fr. Lawrence||5th Lent||The covenant –
Noah, Abraham, Moses, now us thru Jesus…
|March 22||Fr. Lawrence||4th Lent||Unless we be
with-lifted up with Jesus, we will not enter the kingdom of
|March 15||Fr. Lawrence||3rd Lent||Jesus cleans
the temple of those who would make it a marketplace. “He did not
need anyone to testify about human nature. He himself
understood it well.”
|March 8||Fr. Lawrence||2nd Lent||The
Transfiguration. Jesus is transformed like Isaac in the
first reading – in the glory that will he His after the
|March 1||Fr. Lawrence||1st Lent||The
temptations of Jesus in the desert according to Mark. So
what is (are) the temptation(s)?
|February 22||Fr. Lawrence||7th Ordinary||Jesus cures
the man lowered down through the roof. And gives us an
example of how to help the paralyzed.
|February 15||Fr. Lawrence||6th Ordinary||Jesus cures
the Leper. And gives us a complicated example – respect the law
and blow it away when necessary.
|February 8||Fr. Lawrence||5th Ordinary||Peter’s
mother-in-law was healed – and the “got up to serve” them.
A bookend to Jesus’ “I cam to serve, not to be served…”
|February 1||Fr. Lawrence||4th Ordinary||Through works
and words, Jesus reveals who He is and who God is. He
begins teaching in the synagogue differently – with authority
rather than with footnotes.
|January 25||Fr. Lawrence||3rd Ordinary||We begin the
reading of the Gospel
of Mark in earnest today, from the beginning. Mark, like
each of the gospel writers, has his own flavor. Savor it.
|January 18||Fr. Lawrence||2nd Ordinary||Samuel is
called. The Apostles are called. We are called. None are
given a roadmap.
|January 11||Fr. Lawrence||Baptism of Jesus||This feast
ends a season (Christmas) and begins another (Ordinary time).
It begins Jesus’ ministry to heal, reveal, inspire, and amaze.
|January 4||Fr. Lawrence||Epiphany||Christ, the
light as represented by the star of Bethlehem, has broken
through to all people, including us gentiles.