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Why Waiting Matters

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“No ear has ever heard.  No eye has ever seen any God but You doing such deeds for those who wait for You.” I want to talk about and do just a little bit of play on words here, because that is what the First Reading is doing from the Prophet. He is using these […]

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Did I Do Enough To Get To Heaven?

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I have a good priest friend of mine who has only been ordained less than a year. He just had to bury his grandfather. I went to the funeral and for the funeral homily he relayed a story of the last time he talked to his grandfather. The grandfather was talking to his grandson, who […]

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Call No Man Father

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Well, if we’re paying attention this Gospel should cause us some difficulties. It should cause us to question some things, right, because we hear Jesus saying to the disciples, “Call no one on earth your father. You have but one Father in heaven.” And, yet, as I stand here before you today, what’s my name? […]

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Love God First

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I often use this Gospel whenever I do baptisms. So, for a newly baptized child I’ll use this Gospel in the Baptism Rite and then talk to the parents, the godparents, and the families. It’s been a very interesting phenomenon for me because right after I present the Gospel, like I did today, I’ll stop […]

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Don’t Get Caught Without Your White Garment

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This is one of those Gospels that is very difficult to understand at first. At first it seems as if this is for a dress code violation. What’s the big deal? When I entered the seminary, it was the first time I ever had a real dress code. We had to wear a collared shirt and […]

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You Have A Coach

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It’s football season here at St. Gabriel’s Parish. We always have some kind of game going on. Last week I had good friends from my first parish, St. Barnabas, here. Their Third Grader Team was playing our Third Grade Team. It was St. Barnabas vs. St. Gabriel. I went there to watch the game because […]

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Can I Borrow Your Reading Glasses?

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I can’t read this. Does anyone have a pair of reading glasses? Oh, thank you, those are perfect. There we go. Brothers and sisters, Christ will be magnified in my body whether by my life or by my death. Christ will be magnified in my body. Have you ever been to a restaurant and gone […]

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Can Browns and Steelers Fans Be Friends?

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The Browns and Steelers are playing each other today. It is the longest ongoing rivalry in all of football history. Since 1950, they have been the longest rivals ever. I need two volunteers, if you are willing and brave enough to come forward. I need a really, really avid Browns fan and a really avid […]

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How To Know If It's God Or Satan

How To Know If It’s God or Satan

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Well, we hear quite a change in what happens with Peter from last Sunday’s Gospel to today’s Gospel. And these are actually back to back when you put them together in scripture. So, last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus calls Peter “The rock on whom I will build my church.”  He says to Peter that, “Truly only […]

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Can You Find God In Nature?

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The Gospel that we hear today is the time that Jesus goes to Caesarea Philippi. He goes up there to this region. I was praying with the Gospel, and one of the things they taught us in the seminary is that if you notice something strange in the Gospel, look it up – research it. […]

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I'm Father Michael J. Denk, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. I am a contributor of content to The Prodigal Father Productions, Inc., a non-profit corporation functioning in accord with the traditions and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The corporation and I are separate, it doesn't speak for me, the parish, or on behalf of the Diocese of Cleveland, and I do not speak for it.