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Cell Phone as Mustard Seed

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave considers how powerful our smartphones are to work off of a small chip. He relates this to the parable of faith and the mustard seed the Jesus explains in response to the disciples asking him to increase their faith. We must trust that God will nurture the seed of our faith. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 6-17-18

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There is Nothing

Father Dave discusses today’s reading in which Elijah looks for God. He relates Elijah’s search to our search for God today, and how we can sometimes feel abandoned. God is always present, even when we can’t recognize him, and we must keep searching like Elijah. Preached 6-14-18 

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Stiff Necks and Planks In Our Eyes

Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time. Jesus says that before we can cast judgement on another person and attempt to take the splinter out of their eye, we must first pull the plank out of our own. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 06-20-16.

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Job Description from Jesus

Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle. Father Dave considers how a job description lists a person’s duties, and relates this to today’s Gospel in which Jesus gives the Apostles a job description as they embark on their mission to preach. He sends them forth to share the faith, just as we are called to go forth today. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 6-11-18

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Stop Disputing About Words

Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses the advice in St. Paul’s letters from prison. In today’s reading, St. Paul tells everyone to avoid meaningless disputes. Father Dave relates this to our tendency to argue over things that don’t really matter. The only thing we have to fear is denying Christ. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 6-07-18

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What’s up Is Down

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Father Dave highlights that sometimes God uses people we might regard as insignificant in society to do big things. In this case, God uses Mary and Elizabeth to help carry out some very important tasks. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 05-31-17.

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They Worshiped but They Doubted

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Father Dave thinks back to a report he wrote in the third grade about aerodynamics. Even though he researched how planes work, he admits that it still remained somewhat of a mystery to him. Father Dave relates this to the mystery of the Holy Trinity. He discusses today’s reading in which Matthew claims that disciples worshipped but doubted. We worship, even though sometimes we don’t understand. This is where faith and trust comes in. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 5-27-18

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Discern What’s Right and Do It

Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave reflects on today’s opening prayer, where we ask God to help us discern what is right and how we can go about doing it. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 06-12-17.

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Put Me in Coach

Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle. Father Dave relates today’s reading to being benched in sports. Father Dave explains that those on the team who sit on the bench are just as important as those playing in the game. He relates this to the reading from the Acts of the Apostles, in which Matthias is chosen as a replacement for Judas. Father Dave points out that we, like Matthias, are called at some point to get up from the bench. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 5-14-18

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Make the Second Miracle Happen

Seventh Sunday of Easter. Father Dave discusses Jesus’ last night before the crucifixion, and highlights Jesus’ prayer to the Father to keep us united. Father Dave points out that Jesus did not pray for uniformity, but that we may be one as a community of believers. Father Dave encourages us to remain united, especially in light of the discord in our Church and in our world today, just as Jesus asked. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 5-13-18

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