October 12, 2020

A tale in a ball of yarn. Some unraveling required. But the audience knew the story. God spoke to Abraham to take his wife, Sarah, to a new land, and there, Sarah would give birth to a child despite her age. Not clear as to what God meant that from this son would come many […]

October 5, 2020

“Go and do likewise.” The man lay bruised and bloody in a doorway. His moaning was faint — muffled by the chatter and noise of the city, so no one paid him much attention, or if they did, what could they do? Maybe a drunkard who had fallen. Maybe a thief who messed with the […]

September 14, 2020

Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross If the Israelites were on vacation with Moses as a tour guide, their complaints about the food and the itinerary might be justified. But this was not an ordinary trip, and neither is ours. Our journeys through our own deserts lead us to wonder who is guiding this […]

September 7, 2020

Adhering to rules for the sake of the rules should lead us to a reconsideration of what we are adhering to. Understanding the commandments surely goes beyond what was etched into stone. We do not discount the moral imperative of ‘Thou shalt not kill,’ but we hurt others in countless ways. Today’s gospel brings us […]

August 10, 2020

How Does Your Garden Grow? Jesus creates a connection with us through the parables telling a story of practical realities readily identifiable by his listeners: scattering seeds; the lazy farmer; mustard seeds; fig trees; wheat and weeds; and in today’s gospel, a grain of wheat must die, a parable analogous to life’s persistent mystery—the paradox […]

August 3, 2020

We like to bargain, and at times, we bargain with God because we get desperate. A sick child or some other despairing circumstance forces us to cry out and make a deal with God to spare the child or fix an impossible situation, and if God provides, we will fulfill some kind of promise we […]

July 13, 2020

“I have come to bring not peace but the sword.” We cannot hide behind our wives, our husbands, our children, or friends and allow our allegiance to them become a source of tyranny against God. At times, it seems, Jesus gives us no middle ground for refuge. And so, it is, but we are not […]

July 6, 2020

“If only I can touch his cloak.” We toss the words, “It’s a miracle” that someone survived an illness or a natural catastrophe, and we attribute many benefits we have received to God as if it were a reward. The blessings we receive are present every moment of our lives. By the very fact that […]

June 8, 2020

Today we hear Christ’s sermon on the mount. What positives are given us! What hopes are set before us: the kingdom of heaven is ours; we will be comforted; we will inherit the land; we will be satisfied; we will be shown mercy; we will see God; we will be called children of God. This […]

June 1, 2020

Always with you. Always there. To say that mothers are always there for their children is not realistic. Tough times and situations separate children from their mothers; mothers from their children. Even the concept of ‘mother’ has different meanings and applications: fathers, aunts, grandparents, neighbors fill the role of ‘mothering’ children. Such are the times, […]