The place to worship Jesus on this day, more than a temple, is the street.
Archive for category Homiletics
by Fr. Edward Foley, Capuchin
“In these dark days, in the wake of such horrific violence, I fear that preaching without some evelation of my shock – my repugnance, my broken-heartedness in view of these vile events, would be a sputtering of unusually empty words.”
Deuteronomy 6:4-6 is the first part of the Shema Yisra’el, the text that has formed the centerpiece of Jewish daily prayer in the evening and morning from the time of Jesus until today. The first commandment he gives in this week’s gospel, therefore, was as familiar and everyday and fundamental to his audience as the Lord’s Prayer is for Christians today.
Evaluating the new missal; electing a new BCDW chair; approving a new preaching document.
“Late in life I have begun to grasp why some pulpits confront the preacher graphically with the request of the Greeks to Philip: “Sir, we would like to see Jesus” (John 12:21). How simple a request… and how stunning! Here is our burden and our joy: to help believing Christians to see Jesus — not with our eyes, but with their own.”
by Jack Rakosky
African-American Catholics are more engaged in their parishes than are white Catholics.
Is preaching in America in a particularly bad state?
In the summer of 1970 (July 26th to be exact, the 17th Sunday of the Year B according to the new calendar) my pastor breathed a sigh of relief when he came across Saint John’s version of the feeding of the 5000. The western church had been reading the Gospel of Mark for the first [...]
As a semi-regular feature, Pray Tell will be running “Thoughts on This Sunday,” which will be some rather informal remarks on the readings for the upcoming Sunday. These are not complete homilies or even comprehensive notes on the readings, but simply some ideas or texts to get the homiletic juices flowing.