November 29, 2022

“On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse (father of King David), and from his roots, a bud shall blossom.” – the beginning of Isaiah’s prophecy of the coming of Jesus and the fulfillment of the covenant. He then prophesizes that this Jesus will be given the gifts of the Holy […]

November 22, 2022

Memorial of Saint Cecilia, virgin and martyr The images in revelation can be fearful and awesome. Jesus is sitting on a cloud with a sharp sickle in his hand. And an angel comes out and shouts that the harvest is ready. No worries, we are ripe with fruit, but if not, there will be the […]

October 25, 2022

In the first reading, everyone remembers, Wives, submit to your husbands, and husbands love your wives. I reflect that this is a little out of context. The line before says brothers and sisters, be subordinate to one another out of reverence to Christ. Also, Christ commanded us to love one another. Sometimes in close relationships […]

September 27, 2022

Knowing he would not be returning from Jerusalem; Jesus was concerned with teaching his disciples essential lessons to fulfill his mission of spreading the Good News and saving all humanity. Peter, James, and John had recently witnessed the transfiguration. They had seen Moses and Elijah, were aware of their mighty deeds and understood they were […]

August 30, 2022

Today’s readings focus on the spiritual side of human beings and not the material. Now that we have Christ’s mind and spirit within us, we have a new dimension that humankind never had before Christ came and remained in us through the Eucharist. Our senses cannot open this dimension, it says in the first reading […]

August 23, 2022

As I reflect on today’s readings, I see many difficult five-letter words that are hard to define in modern times, such as sense, truth, judge, mercy, and faith. Even the word human is debated and indeterminate today. In the first readings, Paul tells the Thessalonians not to be easily moved from their sense; later, he […]

July 26, 2022

Memorial of Saints Joachim and Ann, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary From the first reading from Jeremiah, the prophet recounts all the troubles of the earth at that time. Today, when we hear the news or open the newspaper, we see violence and death. And like the prophet, we ask God, Why? Have you […]

June 28, 2022

Today’s first reading says that God expects a lot from his chosen people. He will judge them more harshly than he will judge others that are not so blessed. In the second reading, Jesus is teaching a particular lesson to his disciples – that is to trust in him, especially when they are troubled by […]

May 31, 2022

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Don’t you love those good days when you wake up in the morning and are immediately filled with joy and anticipation? Perhaps you have waited for this day to come, and it has finally arrived. I have had those days in my life, such as on my first […]

May 24, 2022

My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways. (Isaiah 55:8) Like the apostles, we often don’t understand the way God works and gets things done. Often it is more than a mystery to us. Jesus knew that and told his disciples that he would send the “Advocate,” the Holy Spirit, to […]