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. […]

March 1, 2022

What’s in it for us? We can always rely on Peter to say what’s on his mind and most likely the minds of the rest of the disciples, and perhaps our minds too, and not for the first time or the last! Peter is hard-wired to say what others don’t or won’t, and we like […]

February 1, 2022

If this is a snapshot of a day in the life of Jesus, then missionary disciples, tasked with being his face in our time, had better invoke the power of the Holy Spirit if we are to respond to the challenges that we encounter each day. In the gospel, Jesus demonstrates his authority over illness […]

January 4, 2022

Today, the liturgy continues the post Epiphany proclamation that the Lord has been manifested to the nations. The gospel choice reminds us that this manifestation is proclaimed and celebrated wondrously in the Eucharist. The four gospel writers show a particular liking for the story of the feeding of the multitude, and this is reflected in […]

December 11, 2021

Our Advent journey is an immersion into the spirit of hope which was a significant facet of the spirituality of the people of Israel. This hope was especially embodied in the prophetic tradition, which is well represented in the readings for this season. Elijah, who is mentioned in both readings today, stands out as one […]