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 […]

December 3, 2018

Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest Are there any more familiar Advent verses or imagery than today’s passage from the prophet Isaiah? “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.” Such hopeful words! Yet, […]

November 12, 2018

In the Gospel today, Jesus says, “If your brother (let me add “sister”) sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him.” This passage reminds me of that passage in Matthew […]

November 5, 2018

There is so much in this short passage from St. Paul to the Philippians: love, compassion and mercy, humility, selflessness, unity in action and thought, all in the name of Christ. Lots of challenge here, especially in this time of rancor, tribalism, name-calling, “winners” and “losers” — in our society and even in our Church. […]

October 8, 2018

Ever since I enjoyed exploring today’s all too familiar story of the Good Samaritan with high school sophomores some 40 plus years ago, I have continued to probe the deeper meanings of this parable of Jesus. A scholar of the law asks this itinerant preacher perhaps the most important question any faith filled person might […]