June 23, 2022

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Names are chosen for their uniqueness, ancestral significance, and import, referencing a virtue or a tribute to another: many reasons and choices. But what’s in a name? Everything. In today’s readings, we consider the importance of names. Zechariah, visited by the angel Gabriel who makes baby […]

June 9, 2022

I have never heard of anyone perfect in every way, except for Mary Poppins and Jesus – nor have I met them physically. However, popular psychology advises how I can become more perfect: be helpful, listen, forgive, and so many other attributes to add. Being perfect is an impossibility, but once understood and accepted, we […]

May 26, 2022

Plotlines of biblical narratives with unfamiliar names of people and places interrupt the sequential flow of the storyline for the many readers looking for the gem that shines through the peopled landscape. Such is the story of Paul’s journey from Athens to Corinth, where he meets and interacts with a variety of people and even […]

May 12, 2022

Get out your maps; your GPS devices. We’re going to do some traveling with a purpose. The waypoints are Paphos on the island of Cyprus, Perga in southern Turkey, Antioch in south-central Turkey. We easily gloss over biblical towns, journeyed to and from. Paul and the disciples did not go to Paris or London, cities […]

April 28, 2022

Truth Seekers. Peter and the Apostles found themselves at odds with the powers of the Sanhedrin, the supreme court of the Jews. And the indictment? – proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus. For sure, a threat to the status quo for many who followed the Apostles to know and accept this new truth. And so, the […]

April 14, 2022

Holy Thursday A cursory investigation of rituals informs us that all cultures have them. For Christians, ritual expressions speak to our faith: the sign of the cross, anointings, the sacraments. In today’s readings, the ancient ritual of Passover and our Eucharistic rituals complement each other. The new meets the old in these two testaments. The […]

March 24, 2022

Times are tough, and we despair become discouraged. Bad news comes at us like the cold, north wind, and we shudder and bundle up to turn inward, trying to keep warm. The temptation is to give up. Jesus cried out from the cross, My God, why have you forsaken me. On the cross, he was […]

March 10, 2022

The story of Esther is the stuff of a Shakespearean tragedy with a villain, a murderous plot, and a conflict resolved. The resolution gets our attention, for therein lies the meaning of this complicated story. The short version of the story is Esther, the Jewish wife of the king, learns of a plot to exterminate […]

February 24, 2022

For some people, the time has come to downsize and move into a smaller, more manageable place to live. It takes a lifetime to reach that point to discover how much stuff has been accumulated over the years. If only one learned to keep life more uncomplicated sooner. But we continue to collect. Our consumer […]

February 10, 2022

Jesus, taking refuge, a retreat if you will, wanted no one to know of his whereabouts. He had been preaching and meeting crowds in the Jewish provinces, and here he was now in Gentile, pagan territory for, after all, Jesus was sent to bring a new law to the Jewish people. A woman approached this […]