March 9, 2020

Bumper stickers and motivational placards encourage us to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you but wisdom seekers of the centuries preached the Golden Rule with questionable results. Jesus tells us to stop judging; be merciful; forgive. Again, a difficult instruction when we adhere to the gospel according to us. How […]

March 2, 2020

“I am a part of all that I have met.” (From Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson) Although this classic poem has little to do with any sense of Eucharist, yet within the text, there is something to consider. Unexpected and unforeseen by Tennyson is the connection unwittingly made between his Ulysses and a mystical body. […]

February 10, 2020

Reach Out Jesus is recognized. The healer has arrived. No sooner had he and his disciples tied up the boat that the frenzy began to find every man, woman and child that needed a cure and place them before him. If only they could touch “the tassel on his cloak” the sick would be healed. […]

February 3, 2020

A Tale of the Macabre Jesus with the disciples had been teaching by the sea. Having left in the evening and sailing at night they arrive in a new territory, where upon landing, they encounter a possessed man coming from the tombs or caves of the dead on the shore. It is night; a madman […]

January 13, 2020

Fishing For the amateur or pro, the correct fishing gear has to accommodate the type of fishing to be done. The angler for trout has not only the correct gear but also a particular skill in casting the line. The off-shore fisher also has his gear for the catch and a technique proper to off-shore […]

January 6, 2020

It was time. The imprisoning of John the Baptist signaled the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. If John was the prototype of Jesus, then now was the time for Jesus to show himself as the One. And so, the journey begins. It is no accident that Jesus walked among these specific lands and people for it […]

December 18, 2019

“God is with us.” A presence in troubled times. Surely, Joseph and Mary did not doubt the presence of God in their lives even though their lives were difficult—a child born out of wedlock; a donkey ride, a stable for the night and an escape from Herod’s butchers. Oftentimes, we live in the moment but […]

December 4, 2019

I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way. The story of the loaves and fishes is more about love than itemizing the quantity of food for a large gathering. For this was no ordinary picnic. For us, the message is not subtle. The feeding is spoken […]

November 20, 2019

Here is a disturbing story from the Old Testament that must give us pause. Even the writer of Maccabees concludes this tale of suffering, “Enough has been said about the sacrificial meals and the excessive cruelties.” In a failed attempt to make people “united” seven brothers and their mother refused to give up their own […]

November 6, 2019

The greatest commandment, as written in John 13:34, is captured in these words: “I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” St. Paul references this in today’s first reading (Rom 13:8-10). Each commandment contains the new law of love reminding us that […]