December 9, 2019

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary And coming to her, (the angel Gabriel) said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” The feast of the Immaculate Conception reminds us that Mary was conceived without original sin in the womb of her mother Saint Ann. And as Saint Ann nurtured […]

December 2, 2019

Our pastor typically reminds us at the Penitential Act at Mass that God never tires of meting out his mercy and compassion. And then he asks us to lift up our sins for forgiveness. I’ve wondered why he says that at each mass he celebrates. I imagine that in his pastoral work he often encounters […]

November 11, 2019

Love justice, you who judge the earth; think of the Lord in goodness, and seek him in integrity of heart. These words begin the book of Wisdom. And what better wisdom to pass on to “these little ones” whether you be a parent, grandparent, aunt, priest, teacher, etc.—or saint. During the “Great Retreat of Rome” […]

November 4, 2019

Before we head down a guilt path over the very challenging words in today’s gospel passage, let’s take a careful look at what is happening in this story. Jesus is addressing a “leading Pharisee” who was hosting him and others for a meal. We can assume that the host had less than noble intentions. For […]

October 14, 2019

In today’s gospel, Jesus is critical of “this generation” who want some sign—a miracle, something flashy—so that they might believe. He invokes the story of Jonah and the Nivevites who, in the language of the day, were pagans who were in need of conversion and to believe in the message of the prophet. Then Jesus […]

October 7, 2019

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary The Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament founded by Saint Peter Julian Eymard state in their Rule of Life in Number 14: Mary, mother of Jesus, voice of the poor and the lonely, welcomed the Word of God into her heart and put it into practice. She shared her […]

September 9, 2019

Apparently the religious leaders of Jesus’ time debated whether or not a person could seek medical help on the Sabbath. Luke shows us today how Jesus dealt with such quibbling. He cuts to the quick. A man with a withered hand is in need. Jesus says, Stretch out you hand. He then cured the man, […]

September 2, 2019

Imagine you are present in the synagogue when this charismatic preacher and teacher from your hometown Nazareth stands up to read from the prophet Isaiah. He speaks with great authority: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me . . . to bring glad tidings to the poor. . . . to proclaim liberty to […]

August 12, 2019

In today’s first reading Moses explains what it means to “love and serve the LORD your God” with all our heart and all our soul. He tells us in very specific terms what the LORD our God asks of you and me. And it is not easy. We are first asked to “circumcise” our hearts […]

August 5, 2019

“When he . . . saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them . . .” The story of the loaves and fish in today’s gospel is so eucharistic. It’s one of the few stories about Jesus that appears in all four gospels. But what caught my attention while reflecting on […]