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Substitute Homily for May 13, 2007


Note From the Editor:

We don't have a new homily from Bishop Gumbleton for you today. Instead, we dipped into our archives for a recording of a homily from a few weeks ago. You may have seen the text of Bishop Gumbleton's homily delivered at his former parish, St. Leo's in Detroit, for the Easter Vigil, April 7. Today you can listen to the bishop read the Gospel, Luke 24:1-12, and then preach.

Second Sunday of Easter


First of all I share with you very much the loss of your pastor Fr. John. And I look forward, as do you, to his return as quickly as possible. I might mention to you that John and I have known each other and have been friends for over 70 years. We both went to elementary school at Epiphany parish not very far from here. And were both ordained priests and have been friends all of these years. And so I know how much you miss him and really want him to come back, and so we do pray with great fervor that that will happen soon.

Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year C


The commentator on sacred scripture suggests that we ought to make the readings or at least the passage from the first reading today, from the book of the Prophet Isaiah, a part of our prayer every morning. God is saying to us, "See I am doing something new, even now it comes to light, can you not see it?" Isaiah was trying to get the people who were being kept in that terrible captivity in Babylon -- they had been there for many years -- trying to get them not just to remember all the great things that God did in the past. They did that so well, they remembered in their prayers, in their Passover feasts and other feasts, how God had worked such great wonders to free them from Egypt, how God had worked such wonders as they wandered through the desert for 40 years until they came to the promised land. They remembered all those things about how God was so great in the past.

First Sunday of Lent


Since we accept the truth about Jesus, that he is fully human as we are, we can readily understand that he underwent temptations, that the devil could tempt him as we hear in today's gospel. It could be temptations like anyone of us experience, temptations to be dishonest perhaps or temptations to speak something unkindly about another person or temptations to get angry and so on.

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


[Editor's Note: Jan. 21 was Bishop Thomas Gumbleton's last Mass as pastoral administrator of St. Leo Parish in Detroit. (See note at bottome of this column.) Bishop Gumbleton and NCR are committed to continuing to post the Peace Pulpit. Stay tuned as we work out the details of how to do that now that the bishop does not have a regular pulpit from which to preaching.]

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


As I mentioned before the first lesson, Isaiah, one of the great prophets in our tradition, proclaimed what truly was only a dream at the time that he spoke and that led me to think about, obviously, one of the very great prophets of our time, Martin Luther King Jr., whose holiday and birthday we celebrate this week. As a great prophet, he, too, often proclaimed what was only, at the time, a dream. So I share some of his dream with us again today. These words some of you probably remember were spoken on the Mall in Washington before hundreds of thousands of people in August of 1963 when our nation was caught up in civil strife and racism, hatred, and violence were all happening in a terrible way. Dr. King proclaimed:

The Epiphany of the Lord


For our reflection on the Scriptures today I think it's very important for us to start with the message that we hear from St. Paul where he tells us, "By revelation God gave me the knowledge of God's mysterious design and I have tried to explain this in a few words. On reading them you will have some idea of how I understand the mystery of Christ." Then he goes on to say, "This is the Good News. This is the Good News. Now the non-Jewish people share the inheritance in Christ Jesus. The non-Jews are incorporated and enjoy the promise." The Good News - now that Jesus has come into the world; that God has entered into human history.


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