April 8, 2019

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” As a Baptist minister Dr. King was steeped in the Scriptures and clearly from this quote the play on light and darkness in John’s gospel (cf. John 1:4-5). […]

April 1, 2019

Are you ever a little low on faith? Your cup is empty and you need a refill? On the day after Laetare Sunday when we hear that most uplifting story of the bounteous love for the Prodigal Son, the prophet Isaiah tells us of the Lord creating “new heavens and a new earth” where there […]

March 11, 2019

What would our communities look like if Mt 25:40 were as quoted and ubiquitous as John 3:16? If Mt 25:40 were on billboards, on signs at major sporting events, etched on the products of businesses claiming Christian roots or painted on the eyes of famous football players, what would be the impact on the hungry, […]

March 4, 2019

Who among us has never felt that awkward pause or twinge of guilt upon hearing this oh- so-familiar story of the “rich man?” For at Jesus’ invitation to “sell what you have, and give to the poor . . . then come, follow me,” the man “went away sad, for he had many possessions.” Compared […]

February 11, 2019

What does the Atlantic hagfish, the Coral polyp, the Nudibranch sea slug, the Medusa jellyfish, the Spinulosida starfish, and my curious grandson swimming under water, have in common? They make the Lord glad in his works. We read today from the book of Genesis: “Then God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered […]

February 4, 2019

Imagine that you are the person in this story in Mark ― one possessed by an “unclean spirit,” acting so crazy that others were afraid of you. Ah you say, “I’m never as crazy as this guy” ― often referred to as the “Gerasene demoniac.” Well, let’s step back a moment. Have you ever gotten […]

January 14, 2019

Today’s gospel recounts the vocation story of four ordinary men: Simon (Peter), Andrew, James, and John. Two brothers “left their nets” and the other brothers “left their father Zebedee in the boat” to follow Jesus. Most of us ordinary people do not leave family or give up our possessions to follow Jesus in the same […]

January 7, 2019

Today’s gospel from St. Matthew marks the beginning of Jesus’ Galilean ministry. It follows the story of John the Baptist in Chapter 3. Once John is in prison, Jesus went throughout Galilee “proclaiming the Gospel (“good news”) of the kingdom” (Mt 4:23). Every disease and illness is cured; the possessed, lunatics, and paralytics are cured. […]

December 25, 2018

Christmas Wonder-Counselor. God-Hero. Father-Forever. Prince of Peace. Son of David. Son of Abraham. Son of God. Emmanuel. Savior. King. Christ the Lord. These are the references to Jesus throughout the four sets of readings for what we celebrate today. And then we read in the Gospel for the Mass at Dawn: “So they (the shepherds) […]

December 10, 2018

The prophet Isaiah captures today what Advent is all about: They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song. They will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God. Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak, say to those whose hearts are frightened: be […]