His Will is the Way (#635, 14th Sunday)

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) · Jesus sends out 72 disciples on the King’s business. St. Paul wants nothing more than to accomplish God’s will. And this will of God leads his people to abundant blessings. Are we really doing the will of God? Or does God need to tell us, “Get out of my way.”

Holy Trinity Parish just celebrated 20 years. Our congregation has shrunk and our church building no longer serves our needs. Where is God leading our community? We know God has a beautiful future prepared for us. Doing the will of God is how we get there.Read More


Grateful for Nine Years of Priesthood

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Flipping through pictures from my ordination nine years ago, I couldn’t help but think: I look so young! I started to marvel that I survived my first few years as a newly ordained priest. In 5 years I had served 8 different parishes, moved three times, been involved in sacking two employees, and survived a school fire. I became pastor of three parishes and master of none. Priesthood has been a very challenging life. But I can honestly say I have never regretted being ordained a priest. At dinner recently someone raised the question, “What would you do if you didn’t have to work?” Um… I don’t have to work.Read More


Nine Years of Priesthood: Serving as Jesus Served (#634, 13th Sunday)

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) · Nine years ago I celebrated my first Mass and preached on these same readings. I hear Jesus reminding his priests: you won’t always be welcome, you can’t count on having a home, I am more important than family, and don’t look back.

I thought priesthood would be about knowing what to do and telling people what to do. But our first reading tells us that priesthood is really about listening to God and teaching others to listen to Him. The voice of God always reminds us to serve others instead of serving ourselves. He who gives of himself receives Jesus in return. And Jesus is worth more than what was left behind.Read More

A Blood Transfusion for my Brother Omar (#633, 12th Sunday)

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) · My brother Omar killed my brothers and sisters in the Pulse nightclub. We need more than a change of law; we need a change of heart. Jesus offers us a blood transfusion. Jesus lives and dies on the firm foundation of His Father’s love. If you have the blood of Jesus in your veins, you too can respond to evil with the Works of Mercy.Read More

Mercy Comes to Meet Us

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You probably already know that Pope Francis has declared this year the Year of Mercy. On December 8 they opened the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica. Pilgrims who walk through the Holy Door can receive a plenary indulgence. But not everyone can get to Rome, so the grace has come to us. There are extra locations for earning the indulgence, like hot-spots of grace. In the Diocese of Green Bay, Bishop has designated 3 special Doors of Mercy:

Visiting one of these spots receives the same blessing as a trip to Rome and a visit to the Holy Door. So let’s do a brief review of indulgences.Read More

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Feets of Generous Love (#632, 11th Sunday)

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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) · We just finished the walking pilgrimage. People were very generous in hosting us, feeding us, and caring for us along the way. I even had my feet “anointed” with Gold Bond.

In today’s reading King David has forgotten how much God has given him. Instead of receiving, he starts taking things that don’t belong to him. Taking and keeping leads to using and being used.

The sinful woman has received mercy. She gives generously because she realizes that Jesus loves her generously. The Pharisee doesn’t give much because he is blind to God’s generosity. The Year of Mercy is a time to stop taking and keeping, and to start receiving and giving.Read More,_Missouri)_-_stained_glass,_sacristy,_pelicans_detail.jpg

The Lord and Giver of Life (#631, 10th Sunday)

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Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) feat. Deacon Michael: God wants to give us life. He creates the world, creates human life, and raises people from the dead. Yet so many times we believe that God is out to get us, to smite us, and destroy us. Not true. The Church is like a mother pelican that feeds us from the pierced side of Christ. God sacrifices himself to give us life.Read More

You Are What You Eat (#630, Corpus Christi)

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Year C) · Last week I spoke about how the Holy Trinity comes from the Father’s complete gift of himself to the Son. The Son then gives himself back to the Father, but also pours out His life to us creatures. This gift of Himself is spiritual but also physical. It takes the form of bread and wine in the Eucharist at Mass.

This is my body, this is my blood. The appearances stay as bread and wine but the substance changes into the very Body and Blood of Christ. This is what makes the Catholic Church unique. Other churches have the same appearances but the substance is different. They give out communion but it is only a symbol of Jesus; the substance hasn’t changed. Only with the priesthood do you have the Eucharist. The Real Presence of Christ is why we genuflect and kneel, clean up the crumbs and save the hosts in a Tabernacle for Eucharistic Adoration.

This is not meant as a criticism of other churches. If anything, it is a criticism of us Catholics. The bread is changed so we can be transformed. The Body of Christ is given to us so we can become the Body of Christ. Are you allowing yourself to be transformed?Read More