June 19, 2022

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ In the Bible, numbers very often have a symbolic or mystical meaning. For example, Saint John’s Book of Revelation makes extensive use of numerology. His numbers are not to be taken literally; they have a deeper meaning. Today, let’s reflect on Luke’s use of numbers […]

May 15, 2022

5th Sunday of Easter We’re reading from John’s account of the Last Supper, the beginning of the Book of Glory. Jesus and his disciples were at table the night before the Jewish Passover when Jesus shocked them by getting up from the table and washing their feet as if he were the house slave. He […]

April 17, 2022

Easter Sunday It was very early Sunday morning – that still moment just as the light dissolves the darkness. Mary Magdalene stood at the tomb of Jesus, confused and shocked. The tomb had been opened. The bruised body of Jesus was no longer there. No matter how brilliant the rising sun might have been, Mary […]

March 20, 2022

3rd Sunday of Lent We’re told in the gospel today that it had been reported to Jesus that Pilate had mingled the blood of Galileans with a pagan sacrifice. There’s no proof that this event took place, but whether it was true or not, Jesus used the moment to teach. We might add our contemporary […]

February 20, 2022

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time Recently, I was given a copy of the first and second seasons of the TV series, The Chosen. It will eventually be an eight-season series depicting the life and teachings of Jesus. It’s absolutely wonderful. I’m sure many of you have seen it. The person of Jesus was mesmerizing. He […]

January 16, 2022

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time We’re beginning the season of Ordinary Time with a wonderful and mystical passage from the second chapter of Saint John’s gospel. The setting is a wedding feast in Cana, a town in Galilee. A source of joy and celebration in every time and culture, a wedding was an especially important […]

December 19, 2021

4th Sunday of Advent This last Sunday of Advent begins with the clarion voice of the prophet Micah. “Thus says the Lord: You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah too small to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler of Israel.” Bethlehem was the birthplace of Israel’s greatest […]

November 21, 2021

The Solemnity of Christ the King We have one of the most critical passages in the New Testament for our reflection today. Jesus is standing before Pontius Pilate. The religious leaders are demanding his death. Pilate has little respect for the unruly people he’s ruling. He doesn’t know what they have against Jesus other than […]

October 17, 2021

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Today’s gospel passage reports the well-known incident when James and John asked Jesus to promise them a favor. “Grant that in your glory, we may sit one at your left and the other at your right.” They asked this question immediately after Jesus had revealed to them, for the third […]

September 19, 2021

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time In today’s short passage from Mark’s Gospel, we see Jesus introducing the Paschal Mystery to his disciples by prophesying his death and resurrection. We’re told, they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him. Were they really afraid of questioning Jesus? Or were they afraid of […]