Welcome to Andrew Greeley's Web
Author, Priest, Poet

June 16th 2013 A.D. - Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Catholic Homilies

June 16th 2013 A.D.

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 7:36-50 and Luke 8:1-3

"Which will love him more?"

 

June 16th 2013 A.D. - Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

June Homilies: 2nd | 9th | 16th | 23rd | 30th

nav1.gif (1982 bytes)
Articles
nav2.gif (583 bytes)
Leave Messages
nav3.gif (528 bytes)
About the Author
nav4.gif (545 bytes)
Homilies
nav5.gif (654 bytes)
Preview Novels
nav6.gif (644 bytes)
Mailbox Newsletters
nav7.gif (669 bytes)
Home
nav8.gif (801 bytes)

Background:

 Though he appears often in the New Testament, John the Baptist is still a man of mystery. We see him through the lens of the early Christians with only a hint that the Baptist’s disciples would argue that he was superior to Jesus. But the Baptist’s followers were lost in the waves of history, so we know very little about them or about him, save what the Gospels.

 Were they really relatives?

 The question is not relevant. Jesus did seek out John’s baptism, though such ceremonies of renewal were common in the Second Temple era. John, we should be confident, was contemporary of Jesus whose life and work reflected the need of that time for a new era. John’s plea for metanoia – change and renewal – anticipated Jesus. But John did not claim as Jesus did that the kingdom of heaven was at hand.

Fr. Greeley's Last Book:Chicago Catholics and the Struggle with Their Church

00spc.gif (820 bytes) Story:

 Once upon a time, there was this parish director of music, a young woman just out of musical school. She found a children’s choir which everyone loved, an adult choir which no one liked because they sang too long, a scola cantorum which sang Gregorian chant, which some people liked a lot, and a teenage choir that “jammed for Jesus,” which the young people liked totally, and they were by their own admission the only ones that counted.

 She was also going on for her master’s degree and had a boy friend, who was a baseball pitcher without a future because he played for the Cubs. The pastor was delighted with the young woman’s talent and work ethic. After her first year he recommended to the financial council that she receive a fifty percent raise because, as he said, “She works harder than any priest I know.” We’re not considering a raise, they said. She’s only a kid. Let’s not give her a raise till she asks for one. If we do pay her more, she’ll be back in two years for more. More likely she will be out of here, said the pastor. This is a case of commutative justice said the pastor, who was kind of old and remembered these words from his social ethics courses. They still said no.

 He gave her the raise. Finance committee complained to the bishop who said that if she didn’t get a raise he’d hire her for the Cathedral. That was that.

 Securely purchase Andrew Greeley's New book - click here!

June Homilies: 2nd | 9th | 16th | 23rd | 30th
Return to May Homilies

More likely she will be out of here, said the pastor. This is a case of commutative justice said the pastor, who was kind of old and remembered these words from his social ethics courses. They still said no. He gave her the raise. Finance committee complained to the bishop who said that if she didn’t get a raise he’d hire her for the Cathedral. That was that.
Articles | Messages | Author | Homilies | Previews | Mailbox Newsletters | Home

Psalm 32:1-2,5,7,11

1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity;  I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD";  then you forgave the guilt of my sin.
11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!


Father Greeley's blog - Read and comment on new articles directly? Click here:
Father Greeley is pleased to announce his new weblog: Andysword.com. A blog where ALL are welcomed to discuss today's important issues and literature

Chicago Catholics and the Struggle with Their Church
The survey of the archdiocese, which Father Greeley describes as "a very complicated place" demographically, asks some difficult questions, and finds some interesting truths.
Editorial Review 
Cover Image
Order Book

 

 

 

 

 


Why Stay Catholic?
Catholic publishing eminence Leach asks, and answers, a good question that the nation’s second largest non-congregation – the church of ex-Catholics poses.
This book has a chapter about Fr. Greeley and is dedicated to him. Great read!
Order Book 
Read Reviews

CatholicMom Review   

Father Andrew M. Greeley © 1995-2013
All Rights Reserved - Questions & Comments: Webmaster