Once Upon a Gospel: Inspiring Homilies and Insightful Reflections

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When the words "great homily" come to mind, the name Bill Bausch inevitably pops up. This book is evidence of that. It contains over 100 new, never-before-published, original homilies plus previously published ones now out of print. In addition to homilies reflecting the liturgical year, there are special occasion homilies for holy days, holidays, and other celebrations. All are shaped around stories in imitation of the Bible, itself essentially a storybook. This is not only a great resource for homilists, but ...

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Overview

When the words "great homily" come to mind, the name Bill Bausch inevitably pops up. This book is evidence of that. It contains over 100 new, never-before-published, original homilies plus previously published ones now out of print. In addition to homilies reflecting the liturgical year, there are special occasion homilies for holy days, holidays, and other celebrations. All are shaped around stories in imitation of the Bible, itself essentially a storybook. This is not only a great resource for homilists, but also a source of spiritual reading, a treasure trove for anyone wanting to ponder Scripture in deeper and more reflective ways on a daily basis. This is-no question about it-Father Bill Bausch's best homily book ever.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585956838
  • Publisher: Twenty-Third Publications/Bayard
  • Publication date: 2/7/2008
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 681,801
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Introduction     1
Advent and Christmas
Introducing Matthew: First Sunday of Advent, A, Matthew 24:37-44     4
Watch!: First Sunday of Advent, B, Mark 13:33-37     8
The Church's New Year: First Sunday of Advent, C, Luke 21:25-28     12
The Door Keeper: Second Sunday of Advent, A, Luke 3:1-6     16
How Starbucks Saved My Life: Second Sunday of Advent, A, Matthew 3:1-12     20
The Ten Commandments of Forgiveness: Second Sunday of Advent, B, Mark 1:1-8     24
Wildflowers: Third Sunday of Advent, A, Matthew 11:2-11     27
CEOs: Achievement and Challenge: Third Sunday of Advent, B, John 1:6-8, 19-28     30
What Should We Do?: Third Sunday of Advent, C, Luke 3:10-18     34
Overture: Fourth Sunday of Advent, A, Matthew 1:18-24     38
Do Not Be Afraid!: Fourth Sunday of Advent, B, Luke 1:26-38     41
Have an Upside-Down Christmas!: Christmas, A, B, C, Luke 1:39-55     45
The Bells of Christmas: Matthew 1:1-16     49
Same Time Next Year: First Sunday after Christmas, Feast of the Holy Family     54
Josephs: Feast of the Holy Family, C, Luke 2:41-52     59
The Teddy Bear: Epiphany, A, B, C     64
Lent to Pentecost
No to Yes: First Sunday of Lent, B, Mark 1:12-15     68
Take Congress: First Sunday of Lent, C, Luke 4:1-13     72
Stars and Mud: Second Sunday of Lent, B, Mark 9:2-10     76
Fourteen Generations: Second Sunday of Lent, C, Luke 9:28-36     80
Lenten Anger: Third Sunday of Lent, B, John 2:13-15     84
Transformation: Third Sunday of Lent, C, Luke 13:1-9     87
God So Loved the World: Fourth Sunday of Lent, B, John 3:14-21     92
Losers: Fourth Sunday of Lent, C, Luke 15:1-3, 11-32     96
The Stations Pilgrims: Fifth Sunday of Lent, A, B, C     100
Lazarus: Death and Life: Fifth Sunday of Lent, A, John 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33-45     104
Easter: A, B, C     109
Easter: God's Choice: A, B, C     113
The Thomas Syndrome: Second Sunday of Easter, B, John 20:19-31     117
Behind Closed Doors: Second Sunday of Easter, C, John 20:19-31     121
Threes and Tragedies: Third Sunday of Easter, C, John 21:1-19     124
The Good Shepherd: Fourth Sunday of Easter, B, John 10:11-18     128
Vine, Branches, and Compartments: Fifth Sunday of Easter, B, John 15:1-7     131
The Ninety-Seven Percent Solution: Fifth Sunday of Easter, C, Acts 14:21-27     135
Photo Ops: Sixth Sunday of Easter, C, John 14:23-29, Mother's Day     139
Promised Presence: Ascension, C, Luke 24:46-53     142
The Holy Spirit and Papa God: Pentecost, A, B, C, John 14:15-16, 23-26     145
The Doors of Pentecost: A, B, C, John 20:19-23     149
Moorings: Trinity Sunday, C, John 16:12-15     153
Ordinary Time
The Call: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, B, John 1:35-42     158
Beyond the Pew: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, 1 Corinthians 12:12-30     162
Dreadful Love: Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13     166
A Day in the Life of Jesus: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, B, Mark 1:29-39     170
Jesus Includes: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, B, Mark 1:40-45     174
Valentines: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 6:17, 20-26     177
Conscience: Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, B, Mark 2:18-22     181
What Simon Saw: Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 7:36-8:3     185
The Touch of God: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, A, Mark 5:21-43     188
Legends: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 9:51-62     192
Out of the Box: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, B, Mark 6:1-6     195
Nevertheless: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 10:1-12, 17-20     198
Dust: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, A, Mark 6:7-13     201
The View from the Ditch: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 10:25-37     205
Sabbath Rest: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, B, Mark 6:30-34     209
Yin and Yang: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 10:38-42     212
Treasures: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, A, Matthew 13:44-52     216
Snakes and Fish: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 11:1-13     220
Believing Is Seeing: Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, A, John 6:24-35     224
Higher Calling: Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 12:13-21     228
Elijah: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, A, 1 Kings 19:4-8     232
Reference Point: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 12:35-49     235
I Beg to Differ: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 12:49-53     239
Saved or Spent?: Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 13:22-30     242
Hypocrisy: Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, B, Mark 7:1-8     246
Moving Up Lower: Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 14:1, 7-14     250
"Oh": Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 7:36-48     255
Shoot the Lawyer: Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 14:25-33     259
Who Do You Say I Am?: Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, B, Mark 8:27-35     263
Divine Obsession: Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 15:1-32      267
A Trickster Tale: Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 16:1-13     271
Jesus and Warren Buffett: Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 16:19-21     274
The Next Time Charles Gets Married: Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, B, Mark 10:2-16     277
The Rich Young Man: Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, B, Mark 10:17-27     282
Outcasts: Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 17:11-19     285
Servant Leadership: Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, B, Mark 10:35-45     289
The Justice Woman: Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 18:1-8     293
Sight and Insight: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, B, Mark 10:46-52     296
Britney and the Publican: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 18:9-14     299
The Two Great Commandments: Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, B, Mark 12:28-33     303
It Might Have Been: Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 19:1-10     306
A Couple of Sit-ins: Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, B, Mark 12:38-44     309
Where's Bob?: Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, Luke 20:27-38     312
Christ the King: A, B, C, Ordinary Time, John 18:33-37     315
Heart Transplant: Christ the King, C, Luke 23:25-43     318
Holy Days, Holidays, and Occasions
Operation Encouragement: New Year's Day      324
Mother's Day (Fifth Sunday of Easter, B, John 15:1-8)     328
Father's Day: The Men     332
Hurricane Katrina (Matthew 18:15-20)     336
9/11 Anniversary and Father Mychal Judge     340
Memorial Day     344
All Saints     348
All Souls (John 11:28-44)     351
Thanksgiving: Together in Kindness (Luke 1:39-55)     354
Golden Jubilee: Priesthood     357
Class Reunion     362
A Wedding Homily     366
Golden Jubilee 1: Marriage     372
Golden Jubilee 2: Marriage (Genesis 18:1-10)     377
Second Time Around: Marriage (Jeremiah 31:32-34; Romans 12:1-2, 4-8; Luke 24:13-35)     381
Funeral Homilies
"It's All Right" (Mark 16:1-8)     386
Sue Van Benthuysen: A Name on the Wall (John 15:12-17)     389
Mike Capenegro: In Need of a Story (John 14:1-3)     392
Ralph Imholte: Deep Down (John 20:19-21)     396
Mary Vanderbilt: Wife and Weaver     400
Doug Vanderbilt: The Waiter     403
Helen Owendorf: On the Road to Emmaus: (Luke 24:13-35)     406
Bill Kozabo: Another Ananias (Luke 12:32-34)     409
Hans Ziegler: The Blessed     412
Bob Heller: Classmate and Priest     414
Vi Tweedale: The Pilgrim (Luke 2:22-40)     417
John Friconi: Before His Time (Luke 9:57-62)     420
Pat Costigan: Making Ready the Way     425
Tom Gassert: The Music Maker     429
Swede Chevalier: Casualty of 9/11     433
Jim Bausch: The Brother     438
Cries of the Heart: Addenda to the Funeral Homilies
Bill Johnson: Love Trusts (Matthew 11:25-30)     446
Carly: When the Miracles Stops (Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, B, John 6:1-15)     451
John the Baptist and Second Thoughts (Second Sunday of Advent, A, Matthew 3:1-12)     455
The Divine Absence (Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7)     460
Twice Told Talks
Christmas: Love Among the Ruins     466
Christmas Storytime (Luke 2:1-14)     472
Epiphany: The Magi, Our Story     476
Epiphany: Slouching Toward Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1-12)     480
The Holy Family: Fear of Glory (First Sunday after Christmas, C, Luke 2:41-51)     484
The Holy Family: The Family Album     488
Lent: The Scandal of the Cross     492
Lent: Lent Blesses (Second Sunday of Lent, A, Genesis 12:1-4)     498
Lent: The Weeping Christ (Luke 13:1-9)     501
Lent: The Prodigal Son's Brother (Fourth Sunday of Lent, C)     506
Lent: Mark Becomes a Christian (RCIA)     509
Easter: Easter Hilarity     514
Easter: Easter Validation     518
Easter: The Themes of Passiontide     522
Pentecost: The Janitor's Hands: (Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13)     526
Pentecost: The Subterranean Spirit     531
Corpus Christi     534
St. John Lateran: Mother Church (November 9)     538
End Times     542
Christ the King     546
New Year's Day     550
Mother's Day-1     553
Mother's Day-2     557
Father's Day     561
Memorial Day     565
Fourth of July     569
Halloween     572
All Saints (A, B, C, Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14)     575
A Week of Super Saints (September-October)     578
Mary (Feast of the Assumption)     582
Joseph     586
Peter and Paul     589
Flo and Tess     592
Rose     595
Homily for a Young Suicide (Luke 7:17)     598
Credits and Comments     601
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    Fr. William Bausch's homilies are often amusing, frequently intriguing, and always spiritually uplifting and inspiring. You read one of his homilies and you think, 'He can't get better than this.' And then he does...again and again.

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