August 11, 2020

Son of man, eat what is before you; eat this scroll, then go, speak to the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth and he gave me the scroll to eat. Son of man, he then said to me, feed your belly and fill your stomach with this scroll I am giving you. I ate it, and it was […]

August 4, 2020

Saint John Vianney For thus says the LORD: Incurable is your wound, grievous your bruise; there is none to plead your cause, no remedy for your running sore, no healing for you. All your lovers have forgotten you; they do not seek you. (Jeremiah 30:12-14) One of the sad truths about sin is the devastation […]

July 28, 2020

Let the prisoners’ sighing come before you; with your great power free those doomed to death. Then we, your people and the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; through all generations, we will declare your praise. (Psalm 79:11) Today’s reading from the prophet Jeremiah reflects the pain and despair of God’s […]

July 21, 2020

When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For men this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:25-26) Today’s gospel focuses on the danger of riches to personal salvation. This teaching of Jesus goes against a belief prevalent in his […]

July 15, 2020

No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him. In today’s gospel, Jesus speaks of the “Father, Lord of heaven and earth.” And he speaks of their relationship. He indicates that only those who are “childlike” can […]

July 14, 2020

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Take care you remain tranquil and do not fear; let not your courage fail. (Isaiah 7:4) Because of the way they are depicted in Scripture, Jewish kings are often identified with certain qualities, good or bad. David, who in his youth defeated the Philistines in a key battle, is remembered for his courage […]

July 7, 2020

At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:36) One of the most appealing images of Jesus is that of a shepherd. Throughout the years, we have all heard (or preached) sermons on Jesus, the shepherd, and […]

June 30, 2020

Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us!  We are perishing!’ He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 8:24-26) In the light of recent history, […]

June 23, 2020

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few. (Matthew 7:13-14) Modern living is about convenience and instantaneous gratification. […]


From the Editor (July/August 2020)

One of the most recognizable icons ever created is Andrei Rublev’s masterpiece The Trinity. Also called The Hospitality of Abraham, it depicts the three angels (messengers) who visited Abraham at the oak of Mamre, seated in communion around a table. This story, recounted in Genesis 18:1-8, is a window into ancient Semitic life, especially the […]