Sunday, February 18, 2018


A homily for the 1st Sunday of Lent by Deacon Greg Kendra, Diocese of Brooklyn, NY

Last Wednesday, while most of us were busy getting ashes or buying last-minute Valentine’s Day flowers, something horrific happened in Parkland, Florida. As everyone now knows, a high school there became the scene of a massacre—the worst of its kind since Sandy Hook. The world has been reeling ever since.

The stories are heartbreaking. The football coach, who dove in front of students and took the bullets—and gave his life. The students who frantically texted their parents while cowering in a closet: “If I don’t see you again, know that I love you and thank you for everything you did for me.”

We hear these stories and swallow hard and shake our heads in disbelief. We pray. We struggle to understand. We ask ourselves how this keeps happening again and again and again and again and again. And then we come to Mass this morning and hear these words about Jesus, from the first chapter of Mark: “The Spirit drove him out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for 40 days, tempted by Satan.”

Mark mentions just three figures by name early in his Gospel: John the Baptist…Jesus…and Satan. I think back on the stories that have seized our imagination and broken our hearts, with datelines like Columbine and Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech and Orlando and Las Vegas and Parkland, and I feel this needs to be said. If anyone had any doubts: Satan is real. And he is relentless...

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