The Temptations of Jesus in the Desert
Homily – First Sunday of Lent

Fr. Bill preaches on the Temptation of Jesus and how engaging fully in the practices, observances, penances and sacrifices during Lent actually invite temptation as part of the Spiritual Exercises of the season.


Luke 2:22-40

The stability of any Society depends on the stability of the Family. Fr. Bill preaches on how the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus symbolizes God’s entry and sanctification of the basic element of a free and stable society, the basic component of the Church, and ultimately, a basic symbol of God’s gift of Freedom.


My Reaction (to the Reaction) to the Pastoral Meaning of Blessings

As heads were exploding over Social Media last week I opted to refrain from comment until I had a chance to read the Declaration On the Pastoral Meaning of Blessings (Fiducia Supplicans) and mull it over. Here are my thoughts on the subject, for what it’s worth.

THE RETURN OF DAVID THE KING – JRR Tolkien and the Annunciation

“All that is gold does not glitter….”

Homily – 4th Sunday of Advent – B
Luke 1:26-38

J.R.R. Tolkien’s poem featured in “The Fellowship of the Ring” speaks strongly to the history of Israel, leading up the birth of Jesus and culminating in the Annunciation of Gabriel to the Virgin Mary. Fr. Bill preaches on the history of the Dynasty of King David and what the Angel Gabriel says about it when he announces the impending birth of Jesus.

CHRISTMAS OR THE POPE? – What Should I Talk About?

Fr. Bill discusses whether it is more important to talk about the Pope’s comments on “blessings” or on the up-and-coming celebration of the Incarnation of Christ.

The “Other Messiah” – John the Baptist

Homily – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Many believed John the Baptist was the Messiah, until he pointed out Jesus as the one who was to come after him.

Fr. Bill preaches on the mysterious person of John the Baptist, who he may have been, what the Gospels tell of him, and how the Church came to understand his important role in relation to Jesus.


Homily – 2nd Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11

Christians declare “Put Christ Back Into Christmas”.
Fr. Bill preaches on how we can put ADVENT back into Christmas.

“Call No One Father” – Here we go again!

Homily – 31st Sunday of the Year – A
Matthew 23:1-12

Father Bill addresses the command of Jesus to “call no one on earth YOUR Father”, as well as the places in the Gospel when Jesus calls out the Pharisees and Sadducees and appears to bemoan the “heavy burdens” associated with the Law of God.