January 29, 2023

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time It’s a rare occurrence when all three scripture readings on any given Sunday contain a similar message. Such is what we have on this Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. From the prophet Zephaniah we hear, “I will leave as a remnant in your midst a people humble and lowly”; from […]

December 6, 2022

Always obedient to the Father, Jesus tells us that his mission is to seek and save all who are lost. His determination to honor this task is necessary because it is not the will of the Father “that one of these little ones be lost.” The biblical meaning of “lost” is being in the wrong […]

November 1, 2022

Solemnity of All Saints The annual celebration of All Saints on November 1 has been embraced and loved as one of the joyful liturgical highlights that warm our hearts in the cold winter season (at least in the northern parts of our county). And happily so. Throughout the history of Christianity, the Church has prioritized […]

October 4, 2022

Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi This is a gospel that has preoccupied commentators over the centuries. It has also caught the attention of Pope Francis, who changed the celebration of the memorial of Saint Martha on July 29 to include Mary and Lazarus. Long overdue! Clearly this was a home and a family who […]

September 6, 2022

The Gospel we hear today is Saint Luke’s customary introduction to a scene of more than usual significance. Jesus goes up the mountain to pray and spends the whole night in prayer, after which he calls his disciples and from them chooses those whom we know as the Twelve Apostles. In choosing twelve, with obvious […]

August 2, 2022

Liturgical Feast of Saint Peter Julian Eymard Founder of the Aggregation and the Congregations of the Blessed Sacrament Today the family of Saint Peter Julian Eymard rejoices with the universal Church in keeping the memorial of our Founder, Saint Peter Julian Eymard, whom Saint John Paul II called “an outstanding apostle of the Eucharist.” The […]

July 5, 2022

What did a day in the life of Jesus look like? The gospel for today provides an answer. Not just to satisfy our curiosity about the ministry of Jesus and the challenges he faced but also to offer an insight into what a day in the life of God’s kingdom might look like. In the […]

June 7, 2022

Following the conclusion of Eastertide and yesterday’s feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, we reconnect with the readings from Ordinary Time. Today we hear from the 1st Book of Kings and the Gospel of Matthew. We will be reading Matthew until Saturday, August 27, and then Luke for the rest of the liturgical year. […]

May 3, 2022

Feast of Saints Philip and James Today we honor the memory of two of the twelve apostles, Philip and James. These two apostles don’t enjoy the same level of interest or reputation as, say, Peter or John, but because they were amongst that small group of disciples called by Jesus “to be with him,” their […]

April 5, 2022

We are well into our Lenten journey, a journey we began perhaps with high expectations of ourselves that this Lent would be soul-enhancing and spirit-renewing. I’m sure such enhancing and renewing has happened, but there may also have been moments of frustration, of questioning, of weakening, of disappointment. Such is the life-long journey of faith. […]