Eucharist of Resurrection Eloise Bullinger March 19, 2018

Eucharist of Resurrection Eloise Bullinger March 19, 2018

Resurrection Cemetery Chapel

 Isaiah 25:6-9

 Psalm 23

 Second Corinthians 4:14-15:1

 John 6:37-40

Family and Friends of Eloise (“Lois” “Baba”) Jones Bullinger

The Parish Family of Saint Patrick Parish wishes to extend to you today our support and consolation at this time of your great loss

Our prayers for Lois  and for you will be offered up to our Lord  today.

We have a “Book of Life” that is kept on the Main Altar in our church.

Lois’s name was put in that book shortly after we learned of her death.

Each time we gather here to “break open” God’s sacred “word” and share “consecrated bread and wine”  we remember those who have gone before us in life and have entered  eternal life.

Lois’s story begins at her home in Mountain View, Oklahoma on February 24, 19 23.  “Home” was a dugout with four bedrooms above.

Lois enjoyed work:, working in the fields, hoeing weeds in the cotton field, “pulling cotton”, taking care of animals were some of things she enjoyed. The traditional work of women: cooking,sewing, cleaning did not interest Lois.  Lois enjoyed driving a truck to market at age 12 (how did she see over the steering wheel?) and rose at 4 AM to collect eggs from the chickens.

Many of us have stories about walking to school in the snow or versions of that tale from our parents.  Some of us here are old enough even to have stories about walking to school. Some of our stories might even be true.  

Eloise and her sisters and brothers walked a mile to school. If it was too cold to ride to school on horses they wrapped burlap bags around their feet and walked the mile to school and back in the inclement weather.

Lois realized one of her early dreams of living on the East coast. After attending Hill’s Business College in Oklahoma City she moved to Washington D.C..

Lois met and married Walter Bullinger in Washington. Walter was sent overseas in World War II. Lois then moved back home to Oklahoma and gave birth to her daughter Gloria.

Walter and Lois settled in Oklahoma City. Lois was  a founding parishioner of Saint Patrick’s Church in Oklahoma City. Lois worked on the construction of the Church of Saint Patrick which is known as “The Church the People Built”.

A summary of Lois’s character includes the following qualities:

“Amazing memory,

“Unsurpassed work ethic,

“Fiercely independent,

“Directe in her communication,



“Good cook,

“Lived simply.

In my experience Lois always enjoyed a good laugh. There is a story about her mother in law’s first visit to Oklahoma.  

Lois’s mother in law insisted that they roll up the windows of  the car when they crossed the state line into Oklahoma for fear of arrows from unhappy Indians.

The home place near Mountain View at the time had outdoor plumbing. Lois’s mother went to use the plumbing facilities one evening.

The nearby hogs in residence decided to “scream and carry on” during at that particular moment.  Walter’s mother decided the “place” was being attacked by warring Indians and ran to the safety of the house.  

Lois’s dad laughed about this for the rest of his life.

The Scriptures today speak of the body as a “dwelling” that is temporary.

The dwelling Jesús draws us to, we believe, is eternal.

John’s Gospel today tells us what Jesús came to do and plans to do for those who are “given” to him by the Father.

Jesús says: “Everything that the Father gives me will come to me”.

“This is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me.”

Through grace Lois was “given” by the Father to Jesús.

We will miss Lois’s friendship, laughter, friendship, independence and directness.

Today we now let go of Lois.  Lois, we believe, will be raised up to take part in the heavenly banquet and be welcomed into the Lord’s warm, heavenly embrace.


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19 March 2018 Solemnity of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary Homily

19 March 2018 Solemnity of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary  Homily

Second Samuel 7;4-5,12-14,16

Psalm 89

Romans 4:13,16-18,22

Luke 2:41-51

Francis, shortly after he became Pope Francis, made a change in all of the Eucharistic prayers approved by the Church.

He added, after  the words “Mary mother of God” in the listing of the saints of the church, “and Joseph her spouse”.


I do not know really what motivated that change in Pope Francis’ mind but it may have had something to do with calling attention to “marriage”. Francis may  have sought to elevate the “service” of Joseph. Perhaps Francis may have found Joseph’s part in the Holy Family somewhat under recognized.

Joseph has an important role to play in the life of Mary and therefore in the life of Jesús.

Joseph could have “divorced  her quietly” as Matthew tells us.

Joseph, however, was an understanding and tolerant man.


Joseph  became Mary’s protector  and Jesús’ step father, role model and guide we may surmise.  Joseph leads the family into Egypt to protect Jesús’ from King Herod’s plot to kill the newborn king of the Jews.


In the Gospel today Joseph is a silent witness to the complexity of life with the independent,  precocious and obviously wise, beyond his twelve short years, son.

Mary “wears the pants” in the family and speaks for Joseph’s and her anxiety after Jesús is “lost”.

Mary Joseph finally find Jesús after three days of searching for him in Jerusalem.

Jesús is in the Temple astonishing the teacher’s, people and even his parents.

In the end Jesús and his parents, who do not understand Jesús’ answer to the question from Mary , “Son, why have you done this to us?”

Jesús is astounded by this question and answers, “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”

Jesús “…..went down with them (his parents) to Nazareth, and was obedient to them” Luke informs us.

Joseph and Mary may have had many questions about their twelve year old son.

We surmise, in faith, that Mary and Joseph faithfully taught, nurtured and formed Jesús, to like them, follow the Father’s will in all things.

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17 and 18 March 2018 Fifth Sunday of Lent B Homily

17 and 18 March  2018 Fifth Sunday of Lent B Homily

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Psalm 51

Hebrews 5:7-9

John 12:20-23

My sisters and brothers in Christ.


The prophet Jeremiah today tells us about a “new covenant”.

This covenant between the LORD and the people will be “new”.

This covenant will not be written on stones or placed in front of courthouses or even posted in churches.

This covenant will not be something to look at and admire.

No, this covenant is designed so as to get “inside people’s hearts”.

Jeremiah had more than enough verbal and verbose verbiage about   religion coming out of people’s mouths.

Jeremiah uses an intimate if somewhat painful image from the Lord:

“I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts;

I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

The Psalm refrain pleads to the LORD “…create a new heart within me”.


This “new heart” is akin to a spiritual “heart transplant”.

I know someone who recently had a kidney transplant. This person waited years for the transplant and finally their name came up on the list. The “new kidney” operation and follow up were not easy or simple. The removal of the non functioning kidney and the “new kidney” have required lots of new growth, multiple medication and deep pockets of patience, acceptance and humility.

New physical  “heart transplants” are rare.

I don’t know about you but my “spiritual  heart transplant” began a very long time ago.

Becoming a priest did not, I can assure you, make the “spiritual heart transplant” a sure thing or a painless surgery.

In case you have not noticed, my  “spiritual heart transplant” is an ongoing project.


The letter to the Hebrews speaks today about Christ Jesús

“offering prayers and supplications,

loud cries and tears

to the one who could save him from death”.  

This turned out to be a lesson in  obedience for Christ Jesús (in the flesh)  that gained salvation for we who are still “in the flesh”

Jesús in the Gospel has an alarming interior conversation with himself that we are privileged to share in today.

Jesus says:

“I am troubled now. But what should I say?

‘Father, save me from this hour?

But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour.

Father,  glorify your name.’”

Jesús name can only be glorified if Jesús, like a grain falls into the ground, and produces much fruit.

I have often wondered how many times Father Stanley Francis Rother, being a boy from Oklahoma wheat  country, thought about these words the last year of his life before his hour came.

Jesús convinces himself to embrace the hour of his death to give glory to the Father and so as Jesús says:

“……when I am lifted up from the earth,

I will draw everyone to myself.”

If the “spiritual heart transplant” is successful we come to believe in Jesús and come to bear much fruit and we, like Jesus, give  glory to the Father.




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10 and 11 March, 2016 Fourth Sunday of Lent B Homily

10 and 11  March, 2016  Fourth Sunday of Lent B Homily

Second Chronicles 36:14-16,19-23

Psalm 137

Ephesians 2:4-10

John 3:14-21

My sisters and brothrers in Christ.


The Second Book of Chronicles describes the complex relationship between the LORD and the people the LORD chose to “make his own”.

The relationship, like most relationships, is complex due to our human needs to “hear”, “see”,“know”, “control”, “survive” have a life and things that are  to our own “liking”.

The story of salvation that the two books of Chronicles in the Bible tell a story of a people who, much like ourselves, tend to look for short cuts, the easy way in and out, tend to self interest if not selfishness.  

The main character in the “story” is believe it or not, the LORD. The main character is not me or you or us.

The LORD tends to be, in the end, forgiving of our individual and community failings.

The LORD is so forgiving that our faith in the LORD is tested not by how predictable and  profound our personal and community failings are.

Our faith is tested by the promise that the LORD is able to forgive us no matter what.


It usually does not take a newborn much time at all to learn how to  “cry” for attention.

The love of the LORD is more constant than even the love of the most loving mother we can each imagine.  For most of us, hopefully, that person would be our own mother.

The Book of Chronicle today winds up the story of our the Chosen people’s  pettiness, selfishness and the LORD’S constant forgiveness by telling us how fierce and effective is the LORD’S care for us.

The LORD prompts Cyrus, the King of Persia (Syria) to issue this proclamation fulfilling the Prophecy of the Prophet Jeremiah:

“Thus says Cyrus, king of Persia:

All the kingdoms of the earth

the LORD, the God of heaven, has given to me,

and he has also charged me to build him a house

in Jerusalem, which is in Judah.

Whoever, therefore, among you belongs to any part of his people,

let him go up, and may his God be with him!”


Cyrus does not even believe in the LORD but is prompted to let the LORD’S people  return from exile to their home in Judah and even build a “house” (Temple) for the LORD in Jerusalem.

This LORD is a God who will stop at nothing to care for and protect the Chosen People.

The passage from Ephesians today summarizes a further proof of the LORD’s care for the Chosen People.

Chronicles spoke of exile and the infidelity of the People.

Ephesians speaks of our being “dead” because of sin.

The LORD cares so much for us that, in Christ, by grace we are “saved” and “raised up with him (Christ Jesús)”.

Today Jesús speaks with Nicodemus (means “the People’s Victory”). Jesús speaks to Nicodemus in the “dark” since Nicodemus is afraid to be seen with Jesús.  Jesús is no friend of the authorities. Nicodemus is an authority and befriending Jesús is not good for his career or life expectancy.

Jesús says:

“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,

so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

Moses “lifted up” the image of a serpent on a pole so that those who had abandoned the LORD and been bitten by poisonous snakes would not die.

Looking upon the “up raised” pole saved people from death by the poisonous snakes.


Jesús will be “lifted up”.

This does not refer to Jesús ascending to the LORD after Pentecost.

This “lifting up” will be on a “wooden pole”, the cross.

We know the story of Jesús carrying his cross before he died.

I would like to make a personal aside that has relevance to carrying crosses.

I am towards the front end of the birth order in my family.

By the time my youngest sibling was born I was making suggestions as to what the next child should be called. I had a penchant for creative middle names. This may have been because I did not have one.

The youngest sibling turned out to be a boy. My mother did not honor my request to have the child born on my birthday but did manage to have the birth three days after my birthday.

The name I suggested was “Christopher”.  

Words and therefore names are important.

Both words and names matter a great deal.

Have you met anyone who did not like their name or changed their name?

Christopher means “Christ Bearer”.

This name implies “protection” as well as “carrying” or “toting”.

Have you ever had the privilege or carrying the cross in a procession?

How many of you have carried the cross in a Procession on Good Friday?

The biggest cross I have ever carried, literally speaking, in my life is the one standing outside between the entrance doors of this church.

The older I get the more “help” I accept in getting from the entrance of this Church to here before the altar on Good Friday.


The person who carries the procession cross literally carries for us and with us the image of Christ.

Gazing on the cross, even if we cannot see who is carrying it, reminds us of what happened when Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert.

People who gazed upon the serpent lifted up before them did not die.

What do we see when we gaze upon the Cross as it makes its way through the church at the beginning and end of each Eucharist?

The Cross literally leads us to worship the One who, “though we were dead in our transgressions, through grace in Christ…raised us up.”

That image of  Christ, nailed to a cross, reminds us that  Christ gave his lif  for us and gives us life.


A mother once told me of her two year old son pointing to the front of church. She could not figure out what he was looking at.

When the cross came down the aisle towards the little boy pointed and said: “It is Jesús, I love him very much.”

That child looked on the cross and was able to “bear” the message of the cross of Christ.

In truth we are each Christ bearers. Therefore we too each  bear the Cross.

We too share the glory in being raised up with Christ to the LORD.

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17 and 18 February 2018 First Sunday of Lent B Homily

Genesis 9:8-15

Psalm 25

First Peter 3:19-22

Mark 1:12-15


My sisters and brothers in Christ.

In a few short verses in the Gospel today we hear

“The Spirit drove Jesús into the desert….he was tempted by Satan….after John had been arrested, Jesús came to Galilee..This is the time of fulfillment….”

After the Ash Wednesday Eucharist on Wednesday a parishioner told me about the shootings at a school in Florida.

I had not seen or heard any news that day.

Days like Ash Wednesday tend to rearrange my usual schedule so when I went home that evening I turned on the news.

The news was shocking, sickening and awful.

Someone had killed many people at a school and wounded many others.

One father whose daughter survived that horrible day said:

“They are killing our children!

They are killing our children!

They are killing our children!”


He had one simple question.

“Why can’t we make them stop?”


One of the print commentators spoke of “Appeasing” the god of guns.

She wondered if “this was the time” for a conversation about “guns” ?

The availability of weapons, to so many people, with so little evaluation of the suitability of the person purchasing a weapon is clearly a dangerous thing.

Weapons with devastating fire power are relatively easy to obtain. Is this really good for us as a society?

The commentator spoke of two relatively recent “moments” when a “time of fulfillment” or a crisis, such as the “arrest of John” in the Gospel today, prompted a decision.

In the case of Jesús, the crisis was not only “being tempted by Satan” and living “among wild beasts….”

The arrest of John seems to be the “moment” when Jesús “went public” with his message of repentance and belief in the Kingdom of God.

The first recent “moment” was the Catholic Church facing up to the consequences of our considering children damaged by priests and other church personnel as “collateral damage”.  For decades the abusers were transferred without telling the new congregation the person’s relevant history of abusing children and youth. Other personnel were quietly removed from ministry but relatively few suffered serious consequences for their destructive behavior.  That “usual way of doing business” had its “moment” when parents and victims said “Enough is enough.” We have never been a church of perfect saints. We are better now at protecting vulnerable people entrusted to our care.


The second “moment” came more recently when individuals working in Hollywood, media and government got the message that sexual harassment was no longer going to be tolerated by men or women.  The “Me Too” movement has all the imperfections of any group of human beings but has made a difference in offering young, attractive, vulnerable persons other choices than being “collateral damage” in the interest of providing pleasure to people supervising their careers.

Our hope, that can help us to continue to send our children to school each day is that we no longer need to “appease the gods of guns” by offering our children as “collateral damage” so our “right” to bear arms is protected.

One child is one too many and seventeen people are seventeen too many to be sacrificed  to “the gods of guns” for no rational reason.

I hope we can begin and continue that conversation about “guns”.

I believe the “moment” has come.

Let us begin as a society by listening respectfully to each other on this pressing but complicated issue.

Let us find a way together to protect our children and each other




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23 and 24 December 2017 Fourth Sunday of Advent B Homily

23 and 24 December 2017  Fourth Sunday of Advent B Homily




ROMANS 16:25-27

LUKE 1:26-38


My sisters and brothers in Christ.

The Advent call, cry, prayer “Come Lord Jesus” is about to be



The scriptures today speak about “dwellings” and “indwellings.”

David is brave, bright, handsome, charming, “highly favored.”

Up to this point in his life he has a golden touch and things turn

out his way in an uncanny manner.


David decides to build a “dwelling” for the Lord.

David finds it discomforting that the Lord lives in a tent while he

(David) lives in a house of  “cedar.”


The Lord has other plans for David.

The Hebrew word “bayith”  means “dwelling” or house.

“Bayith” also means  “dynasty.”


David will not build a house for the Lord.

The Lord, we are told, will “establish a house (dynasty) for



The Jewish religion, like many religions, is ambiguous about

building temples, chapels, synagogues, mosques, cathedrals,

basilicas and shrines.  

The ambiguity comes from the practical concern over the physical

and financial resources needed to construct and maintain a “house

of God.”  

I do not need to elaborate on the struggle over building and

maintaining a special building  in this very special house of



The Lord dwelling in a “tent” seems a much more flexible and

less consuming option than building, heating, cooling and

maintaining a large building.


The tent is open, movable, adaptable but also may be penetrated,

and is vulnerable to any number of  “natural” or “man made”


Spiritually speaking, a physical building may tend to localize and

control where the Lord may be found, may be active, may be



What David is promised by the Lord is that the Lord will be

present and “dwell” in David  and in his offspring.


David is not permitted to control the movement, dwelling place,

presence or action of the Lord.



The gospel speaks of Mary, apparently alone and most probably in

the inner room of her home. Unmarried women were not seen by

men other than in the presence of their fathers and brothers.


Mary is informed that the Lord would be present, would establish

his dwelling, his “indwelling” not in a stone or wooden dwelling.


The Lord, Mary is told, will “dwell” in her body, in her inner most

place, in her womb.


Mary, being unmarried and not having “relations with a man” asks

“How can this be?”


Mary is informed the Holy Spirit “will come over” her and “the

power of the Most High will overshadow” her.


Mary then will have the protection not of her natural father and

other male family members.

Mary will have the protection of the Lord.

The Lord will “dwell” with and in Mary after she has her child.


God does the “impossible” in the young woman Mary who has not

had “relations with a man” by promising her a son.


God does the “impossible” in the older woman Elizabeth who is

“barren” by giving her a “son in her old age.”


God does the impossible, Paul tells us in the second reading, by

revealing the “mystery”

of the extent,

the reach,

the limitlessness of God’s desire

to dwell with us,

to save us,

to bring us to himself.

All religions tend to define, circumscribe, place conditions on

who is




a sinner,







Jesus Christ, Paul tells us today,

reveals the mystery,

the secret that:

God seeks to dwell

in all people

and in all peoples.


We say, ask, plead:

“Come Lord Jesus”

Come to dwell with us.

Come to dwell in us.

Come to be all in all.

Come to take us into your Father’s loving care and

form us in his and your loving image.

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16 and 17 December 2017 Third Sunday of Advent B Homily

16 and 17 December 2017 Third Sunday of Advent B Homily


Isaiah 6:1-2, 10-11

Psalm Lk 1

First Thessalonians 5:16-24

John 1:6-8,19-28


My sisters and brothers in Christ.

John the Baptizer is a puzzling figure.

We are told in the Gospel that “Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and

Levites” to John.  

The authorities in Jerusalem  puzzled over who this  

John was,

what he was to do,

what he thought of himself.


John, we know,  “was sent from God.” The authorities wondered about

what kind of trouble maker John might be.


John came to “testify to the light , so that all (including the Jews) might

believe through him (John)”.


The Gospel and John himself are very clear about “what” and “who”

John “is not.”

“He (John) was not the light but came to testify to the light.”

We might, at this point, clarify  who the “light” is.

The light is  the “Christ”.

We will sing “Christ our light” at the Easter  Vigil.  

As we light the candles of the Advent wreath,

as we light the Easter Candle at funerals, Baptisms, Confirmations and

First Communions we are reminded that the “light has come into the

world” for us.


John’s mission it to help himself and others understand who the light is.

John explains who the light is by admitting, declaring or denying in answer to the questions about who he is, what he is up to, what his purpose is.

John admits: “I am not the Christ.”

John denies he is “Elijah”.

John denies he is “the Prophet.”                       

John is put on the spot.  He is asked “What do you have to say for yourself?”

John’s answer is taken from the  prophet Isaiah: “I am ‘the voice of one crying in the desert make straight the way of the Lord’.”


Advent is a good time for us to ask what John was asked: “What do you have to say for yourself?”

Can I say: “I am not the light but I testify to the light”?

Can I say: “I am ‘making straight the way of the Lord’ in my own life”?

Can I say: “I am an instrument, (like John) that God uses so tha  others may come to believe”?

John is a puzzling figure and he invites us to work out a fascinating puzzle.

Some pieces of the puzzle, putting the puzzle together may depend on how we answer the following questions:

“Can we recognize the “One”, the “Light”, “among” us who comes after John?”

“Can we recognize the Christ when he comes?”  

“Can we make straight the way of the Lord?”



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Guadalupe 12 de Diciembre 2017

Guadalupe 12 de Diciembre 2017


SIRACIDE 24:23-31



LUCAS 1:39-48


Hermanas y hermanos en Cristo.

Venimos hoy a celebrar la fiesta de Nuestra Senora  de Guadalupe.

Es una fiesta muy especial porque celebramos la apariencia de

la Maria en nuestro continente, en nuestra vida, en nuestro



El evangelio se habla de Maria y Isabel

buenas mujeres,

buenas mamas,

buenas familiares,

buenas amigas.


Maria, notamos, acepto la voluntad de Dios.

Maria abrio su vida, su corazón, su cuerpo a la presencia y

voluntad de Dios.

Isabel hizo lo mismo.


Maria no dejo ayudar su familia cuando tenía necesidad aunque

ella estaba esperando su bebe.


Maria se hizo

instrumento del evangelio,

maestra de caridad,

maestra de ayuda a los pobres.


Maria facilitó el nacimiento de Jesús y

nuestra participación con Jesús como hijos adoptivos de Dios.


Podemos decir a nuestro Dios “Abba” como “Padre” porque

Jesús tomó nuestra carne y acepto nuestra condición humana

menos el pecado.


En esta fiesta de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe celebramos

Dios con nosotros, Dios hecho hombre, Dios entre nosotros

porque Jesús, como María, dijo “Si!” a la voluntad de Dios.


Nosotros, con apertura a la voluntad de Dios, podemos decir con


  “Mi alma glorifica el Senor

y mis espiritu se llena de júbilo en Dios, mi salvador,

porque puso sus ojos en la humildad de su esclava.”


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9 and 10 December 2017 Second Sunday of Advent B Homily

9 and 10 December 2017 Second Sunday of Advent B Homily

Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11

Psalm 85

Second Peter 3:8-14

Mark 1:1-8


Jerusalem as you know has been in the news this week.

It is the one of the Holiest places in the universe for three very important religions.

The “Dome of the Rock” is one of the most easily recognized Buildings in Jerusalem

It is currently the second most holy site of the Muslim faith.

It was completed in 691 CE.

It is built on the site of the Roman temple of Jupiter Capitolinus.  

The Roman temple was built on the site of the Second Jewish Temple that was destroyed in 70 CE during the Roman siege of Jerusalem.

The people of Israel, the Christian Faith and Muslims all count Jerusalem as a sacred place.

The scriptures today speak of Jerusalem in terms of where the God of Israel will be found.

Certain Christian Fundamentalist faiths believe the Lord Jesús will come again for one final time precisely in the city of Jerusalem.


We are in our yearly celebration, remembrance and reliving of the first time Jesús came into the world.

We know then of a First coming of Jesús that occurred almost two thousand years ago.

We know of a predicted “Second” and or “final” coming of Jesús at the end of time and/or the end of the world.

Can we really influence the First Coming of Jesús in history that occurred almost two thousand years ago?

Can we really know when the Second and Final coming will take place?

I believe we cannot do much about the first Coming of Jesús.

I do believe, if we listen to the Scriptures today we must do something about the Second and Final Coming of Jesús.

If we listen carefully to the Scriptures we have a few clues about what you and I can do while we “await” the Master’s return.

We can use this time between the first and final coming of Jesús, the letter of Peter tells us, by understanding any “delay” in the Lord’s coming is due to the Lord’s patience.

In other words this time, all time we are given is to be used to make ourselves “ready” for the day of the Lord.  The “delay” is a time for us to come to “repentance.”

The word “Repentance” may have a pious ring or inauthentic ring to it but it basically means “a change of heart” or a “new way of thinking”, a “new way of living” and a new way of loving.

The Letter of  Peter today suggests our “new way of living” even “hastens” the Day of the Lord’s Return.

In the Gospel John proclaims and insists that we make preparations.

“Prepare the way fo the Lord,

Make straight his paths”

is not a geographical mandate.

The “paths” of the Lord are straightened when we “straighten out” our devious, dishonest, confused ways of avoiding the One who came and is to come again.

John was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt about his waist.  These clothes were meant to call attention to his message: One mightier than I is coming after me……I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

John “fed on locusts and honey”. Locusts destroyed crops and were a nuisance. Honey was the richest and most satisfying of foods.

John’s clothing and diet may have indicated the One who was coming would demand sacrifice as well as shower good upon those who took not their own path but the path of the One to come.

We hope during this Advent to say with the prophet Isaiah:

“Here is your God!

Here comes with power

the Lord GOD…….

Like a shepherd he feeds his flock;

in his arms he gathers the lambs,

Carrying them in his bosom,

And leading the ewes with care.”



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8 December 2017 Homily Immaculate Conception

8  December 2017 Homily Immaculate Conception

Genesis 3:9-15, 20  Psalm 98

Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12

Luke 1:26-38


Mary is not only surprised but afraid by the greeting:

      “Hail full of grace! The Lord is with you.”

Mary must have had her plan clearly and simply laid out for her. She most likely was “betrothed” by her and Joseph’s parents in an “arranged marriage.”

The appearance of the angel Gabriel and Gabriel’s message from God changes Mary’s plan.

Mary is invited to be a key person in the coming of Jesus, Son of the Most High.

Mary’s reaction is simple and faith filled.

Mary says:

“Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord.

May it be done to me according to your word.”

Mary then shows us three qualities of  being a follower and proclaimer of Jesus.

Mary’s openness, faithfulness and service to the Father’s will are the marks of every disciple of Jesus.

We ask today for the the gift of being faithful servants of the Father.  


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