My second son and I were in Columbus for a lacrosse tournament this weekend and visited one of our old parishes for the first time since we moved to Cincinnati fourteen(!) years ago. It was mostly as I remembered it: a pretty church filled with nice people being fed anodyne platitudes. The deacon read the Gospel and delivered the homily, which he spent a week developing after reflecting on a line from the first reading (Acts 1:1-11): “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?” It somehow led him to believe the key message is “finding Christ in other people.” Really? You wracked your brains for a week, and that’s what you came up with? That same week we learned that the Church is hemorrhaging members. Another fourteen years of the Gospel of Nice and one wonders if there will be a parish to visit. And twenty years after the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it shouldn’t be this difficult to give a homily with a modicum of content. In addition to books that index the lectionary to the Catechism (see here and here), a 90-second Google search revealed these handy links that do much the same thing. To borrow from a popular meme, “You had one job this morning.”

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