March 23, 2019

“My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found” (Lk 15:31-32). Chapter 15 of Luke’s gospel consists of three parables. They underscore Jesus’ use of stories […]

March 16, 2019

For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? . . . And if you greet your brothers and sisters only, what is unusual about that? . . . So, be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Mt 5:46-48) In reflecting on Jesus, the Teacher of Wisdom, two things […]

March 9, 2019

Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth. (Ps 86:11) For as long as I can remember, the burning question on every Catholic’s lips at the start of Lent was “What am I giving up?” Among the favorites discarded in the dustbin of pre-Easter prayer, penance, and fasting were sweets […]

March 2, 2019

Jesus said, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Mk 10:14). There are many facets to God’s surpassing work of redemption. In Ephesians 2:4-5, we read: “God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even […]

February 23, 2019

Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen (Heb 11:1). Even though I am not a user of social media, I do occasionally read message boards on websites, especially when the topic relates to issues of belief and the place of religion in public life. I am struck […]

February 16, 2019

The LORD God called to Adam and asked him, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden; but I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself” (Gn 3:9-10). Chapter 3 of Genesis is wrenching. It tells of the betrayal of the Creator’s goodness through the sin of pride and […]

February 9, 2019

May the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep by the blood of the eternal covenant, furnish you with all that is good, that you may do his will (Heb 13:20-21). Today we bring to a close four weeks of readings from the Letter to the Hebrews. […]

February 2, 2019

The Presentation of the Lord And suddenly there will come to the temple the LORD whom you seek, and the messenger of the covenant whom you desire. (Mal 3:1) Today’s gospel can be viewed on many levels. First, it portrays Mary’s ritual purification, her return to public life and worship, in keeping with Jewish tradition […]

January 29, 2019

Then he says, “Behold, I come to do your will.” He takes away the first to establish the second. By this “will,” we have been consecrated through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all (Heb 10:9-10). A few years ago, I saw a film that portrayed what took place daily in […]