Friday, June 06, 2008

I should be studying...

I know that I told you that I wasn't going to post but I couldn't resist. I'm slacking off. I have a test on Tuesday and should be studying for it but I'm going to do this for a couple of minutes before getting back at it.

It felt good to be able to use some of the stuff that I'm learning in class in my homily today. In my family theory class, we're learning about symbolic interaction theory which is a rather weak theory that says that family is a societally constructed reality to help us create meaning out of events and relationships. I talked in today's first reading about how Paul is saying to Timothy that he should follow the example Paul has given him because we all need examples in our lives. But, Christ has to redefine the example that he has. He is not equal to David. He is equal to God, the Son of God.

It was one of those homilies that I realized at the last moment that I had completely forgot the most crucial aspect of contemporary homiletics...the answer to the question "So what?" When they leave, what should make their life different? I tried to find it but feel like I failed. That's the way it goes sometimes.

On the plus side, I decided to post a bible study I did on the book of Tobit on blogger. Just go to and you'll find it. I'm hoping to follow it up with one over the course of next school year on the two canonical books of the Maccabees. I'll keep you up to date about that one.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Why the silence

I'm taking a summer class at Iowa State University and can't find the time to blog anything. Sorry. I'll be back in July.