October 18, 2018

God planned “to sum up all things in Jesus Christ” (Eph 1: 16). God has revealed his plan, which is a mystery, in Jesus Christ. This plan is from all eternity. The ultimate reason for this plan is the glory of God. God’s glory and our salvation in the blood of Christ are the reason […]

October 4, 2018

The appointment of seventy-two additional disciples to prepare for Jesus’ proclamation of peace, good news, and the kingdom of God, is their call to mission and evangelization. Like Jesus they are to proclaim the good news of God’s kingdom. The kingdom is here and now. They must pray to the master of the harvest for […]

September 20, 2018

Each of the gospels tells the story of a woman who enters a dinner and kneels at the feet of Jesus. She washes his feet with her tears, wipes them with her hair and anoints them with precious alabaster balm. Yet there are differences in each of the telling. Luke does not talk about the […]

September 6, 2018

They left everything and followed him (Lk 5:1-11). Astonishment seized Peter and all those with him at the extraordinary catch of fish they made. They had tried all through the night and had caught nothing. They were experienced fishermen. Nevertheless, at the command of Jesus they lower their nets and the magnificent catch almost breaks […]

August 16, 2018

The gospel today would be sharper if our translation of the Lord’s prayer used the expression of debts and debtors. That is wording of the text in Greek and Latin. This wording helps us to understand the pity of the master of the servants and the lack of it in the debtor whose debt was […]


The Universal Call to Holiness

One in Christ by baptism, each of us is called to holiness of life. Saint Paul calls Christians “saints.”1 This is neither hyperbole nor presumption. It is a simple statement that God’s plan, mission and purpose in creating human beings is to make them holy. “Be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect,” Jesus tells […]

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August 2, 2018

Feast of St. Peter Julian Eymard The charism of St. Peter Julian Eymard, celebrated in today’s liturgy, is a contemplative gift to discover the presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. It is also a grace to discover the presence of Jesus Christ in the church, especially in its poor and marginalized members. This […]

July 19, 2018

“Learn from me that I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.” Saint Augustine tells us in his Confessions that we are restless until we rest in God. He speaks of his flight from God within him; he was trying to find him elsewhere. All in vain. He did […]

July 5, 2018

Amos 7: 10-17; Matthew 9:1-5 Jesus comes to Capernaum and the people ask him to cure a paralytic. They are astounded when Jesus uses the words: “Your sins are forgiven.” Jesus performs a double miracle of curing the man’s soul and his body. He shows that the Son of Man has authority to pardon. The […]

June 21, 2018

The prayer Jesus teaches, as recorded in today’s gospel, begins with faith and reverence. We call God “Our Father.” In that, we recognize both God’s divinity and his goodness. He is beautiful, merciful and kind. The first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer have to do with our relationship with God. We pray that his […]