Pentecost

2019 Pentecost 14 Proper 19

The story is told of a man who called the doctor and said rather frantically, “My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!” The doctor replied, “OK calm down, is this her first child?”  No you idiot,” the man shouted, “this is her husband!” In our gospel reading today there was […]

Dec
7

19 Pentecost 2018 Proper 21

What gets you angry? Sometimes everyone gets angry. Sometimes people get pushed to the limit. There is the story of this small guy who was a truck driver. He parked his semi at the highway cafe and went in for lunch. While he was sitting there perched on a stool, three burly motorcyclists came in […]

Dec
7

18 Pentecost 2018 Proper 20

The story is told of a fellow who boarded a crowded subway and as he was standing in the aisle he was bumped and fell to the floor. Angrily he said as he turned around, “Don’t mess with me, I know karate and” and then he saw the fellow who had bumped into him. He […]

Dec
7

17 Pentecost 2018 Proper 19

At one point in time the most listened to man on the radio was Paul Harvey. Paul had a trademark phrase, remember?  He would tell some story of a life-changing event and then tie this story in with a famous person and then conclude with the phrase, and now you know the rest of the […]

Dec
7

14 Pentecost 2018 Proper 16

Jack Benny was known for his penny-pinching and miserly ways. Once while walking home late in the evening he was accosted by a man. The man pulled a gun and pointed it at Benny and said, “Your money or your life!” Shocked, Benny just stood there frozen. Finally, the robber said, “I said, your money […]

Dec
7

12 Pentecost 2018 Proper 14

An instructor in a dog-training workshop in Salt Lake City noted that the owner could test a dog’s disposition. If the owner will fall down and pretend to be hurt, a dog with a bad temper will tend to bite him. But a good dog will show concern and may lick the fallen owner’s face. […]

Dec
7

10 Pentecost 2018 Proper 12

Last week I started the homily with a couple of puns. And the response I received was predictable. So I am probably taking my life in my hands by starting this homily with a pun again. This is one of the ten winners in the International Pun Contest: A group of friars were behind on […]

Dec
7

9 Pentecost 2018 Proper 11

I have been told that the French believe that the pun is the lowest form of humor. You should know that I am not French and I love puns, in fact, I have received a number of puns from some of you and if you do not enjoy the following story it may be the […]

Dec
7

6 Pentecost 2018 Proper 8

Germs! You have to be careful about germs!  There are germs that can spread infectious diseases spread all too easily. The spray of droplets during coughing and sneezing can spread an infectious disease. You can even infect another person through droplets created when you speak. Because some organisms can live on objects for a short […]

Dec
7

5 Pentecost 2018 Proper 7

Our gospel reading today reminds me of the story of Chippie. Chippie the parakeet never saw it coming. One second he was peacefully perched in his cage. The next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over. The problems began when Chippie’s owner decided to clean Chippie’s cage with a vacuum cleaner. She removed […]