Sermons in “Homilies”
Have you ever bought new stuff to organize and hold your old stuff in order to make room for more stuff? Do you sometimes find and bring home good boxes knowing that someday you’ll probably have some stuff to put in those boxes? Have you ever been so envious of or wishful for another’s life that you were unable or unwilling to celebrate his or her successes, abilities, or good fortune? You look at them and say to yourself, “What about me?” ….
For years, I’ve been hooked on a TV show called “So You Think You Can Dance.” I’ve been watching that because what those dancers can do is absolutely mesmerizing. They have great choreography, and most years it’s young people who have spent years and years in discipline and training….
My mother had a curious habit when I first went off to college. My brother and sister lived at home during their first years of college and commuted to a nearby university, as is common practice in my country of origin, El Salvador. Far as I was—a 3-hour car ride, from Portland to Seattle; an impossible distance, from my mother’s point of view!—she was reasonably concerned for my well-being. And every time we spoke on the phone, I always knew that my mother’s first question would always be the same: “What did you have to eat today?” ….