April 18, 2019

Holy Thursday On the night before he was handed over, Jesus took bread, broke it, said the blessing and said: “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way the cup, after supper saying: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this as […]

April 4, 2019

“If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies on my behalf. The Father has testified on my behalf” (Jn 5:31-37). Witnesses testify, take an oath that they are telling the truth. This passage from John’s gospel names several witnesses, beginning with Jesus, who says his testimony […]

March 21, 2019

Mark Twain has many quips. One of them says: Money is not the cause of all evil. Lack of it, is. Is this not the case in today’s gospel from St. Luke, particularly in the story of Lazarus the poor man and the anonymous rich man who is often called Dives (Latin for rich man). […]

March 7, 2019

Blessed are those who hope in the Lord. I have waited for him, and he stooped toward me and heard my cry. Mark Lin, S.J., in his Psalms for Today suggests words like these as a response to the first reading. The gospel stresses that Jesus saved us by suffering, and the Epistle to the […]

February 21, 2019

The rainbow is a beautiful spectacle in the sky. It is not a frequent occurrence. Genesis and Psalm 102 remind us that God looks down from heaven and hears our prayers. He has established a covenant with humankind and reveals the reason for suffering in our lives. Peter’s affirmation that Jesus is the Christ (Anointed/Messiah) […]

February 7, 2019

Jesus sends the twelve two by two, because he knows human nature. We are social beings and need one another. The church is a body, and every person reveals God’s love and presence in other human beings. Jesus gave the apostles authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey except […]

January 17, 2019

St. Anthony, Abbot The leper in the narrative of the very first chapter of St. Mark’s gospel is excluded from the faith community until he is cured. He pleads with Jesus to do so. Jesus reaches out, touches the leper, and says: “Be clean.” The man is immediately cured. Jesus then instructs him not to […]

January 3, 2019

The Most Holy Name of Jesus “See what love the Father has bestowed on us, that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are” (1 Jn 3:1). The love of God is revealed by the Holy Spirit. Jesus was revealed by the Spirit of God when the Spirit hovered over him […]

December 20, 2018

The archangel Gabriel appears to the virgin Mary, betrothed to Joseph of Nazareth, who is from the house of David. The son to be born of Mary is to be named Jesus (“God saves”). He will be God with us (Emmanuel) and the Son of God, who saves all who believe in him and love […]


Pope Francis’ Remarkable Ecumenical Record

Pope Francis has made contacts with ecumenical and interfaith leaders a defining priority of his ministry as the bishop of Rome and leader of the Catholic Church. Why is this so important? Pope Francis has made many headlines since he was elected pope and bishop of Rome in 2013 after Pope Benedict resigned at the […]

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