Saturday, March 27, 2010

Palm Sunday Homily



After getting all of Pope Benedict's luggage loaded into the limo,(and he doesn't travel light), the driver notices the Pope is still standing on the curb. 'Excuse me, Your Holiness,' says the driver, 'Would you please take your seat so we can leave?' 'Well, to tell you the truth,' says the Pope, 'they never let me drive at the Vatican when I was a cardinal, and I'd really like to drive today.' 'I'm sorry, Your Holiness, but I cannot let you do that. I'd lose my job!What if something should happen?' protests the driver, wishing he'dNever gone to work that morning.. 'Who's going to tell?' says the Pope with a smile. Reluctantly, the driver gets in the back as the Pope climbs in behind the wheel.The driver quickly regrets his decision when, after exiting the airport,The Pontiff floors it, accelerating the limo to 205 kms.. (Remember, the Pope is German..) 'Please slow down, Your Holiness!' pleads the worried driver, but the Pope keeps the pedal to the metal until they hear sirens. 'Oh, dear God, I'm going to lose my license -- and my job!' moans the driver. The Pope pulls over and rolls down the window as the cop approaches,But the cop takes one look at him, goes back to his motorcycle, and gets on the radio. 'I need to talk to the Chief,' he says to the dispatcher. The Chief gets on the radio and the cop tells him that he's stopped a limo going 205 kph. 'So bust him,' says the Chief. 'I don't think we want to do that, he's really important,' said the cop. The Chief exclaimed, 'All the more reason!' 'No, I mean really important,' said the cop with a bit of persistence. The Chief then asked, 'Who do you have there, the mayor?' Cop: 'Bigger.' Chief: ' A senator?' Cop: 'Bigger.' Chief: 'The Prime Minister?' Cop: 'Bigger.' 'Well,' said the Chief, 'who is it?' Cop: 'I think it's God!' The Chief is even more puzzled and curious, 'What makes you think it's God?' Cop: 'His chauffeur is the Pope!' ----------------

He said, “Go into the village opposite you, and as you enter it you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat.Untie it and bring it here.And if anyone should ask you,‘Why are you untying it?’ you will answer,‘The Master has need of it.’”So those who had been sent went off and found everything just as he had told them.And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying this colt?”They answered,“The Master has need of it.”

The truth is none of us are too important to be the driver. None of us are too important to be the donkey. As we enter into this holy week maybe God has need of your car. He needs you to be the chauffer. There are probably friends and family of yours that have never experienced the beauty of holy week and maybe they need a little motivation maybe an offering of a ride will be what brings them back. Grab a bulletin see the times. Be there chauffer, the master has need of you to bring others into his passion, death and resurrection.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

St. Patrick's Day

This was the first time I attended the parade since my drinking days. I was honored to be invited by Fr. Tom Johns who was being honored as "Co-Chair." We got to enjoy the parade and the sunny day in Cleveland and had a nice afternoon and dinner at the Renaisance on Public Square. There is a great video on my "Video Blog" of Fr. Johns' acceptance speech. They chose him to honor the "Year for priests." There were a number of his good priests friends in attendance and he talks about two of the greatest groups he belongs to: one is the Priesthood and the other is the East Side Irish American Club.