October 18, 2020

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Pay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God is certainly on the top ten of biblical quotes. Jesus said this to circumvent a difficult situation. Two groups, hostile to each other, united in an attempt to take him down. The Herodians were a political […]

September 20, 2020

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time In the first reading today, Isaiah tells us, Seek the Lord while he may be found, call him when he is near. This is a perfect one-sentence commentary on the gospel passage. Jesus is describing a familiar scene in this parable of the workers in the vineyard. In late September, […]

August 16, 2020

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time In today’s gospel passage Jesus leaves Palestine and withdraws to the region of Tyre and Sidon, Gentile territory. A Canaanite woman begins to follow him, calling out over and over again, Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David. My daughter is tormented by a demon. It’s noteworthy that she’s […]

July 19, 2020

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time Today we’re thinking about the kingdom of heaven, the central theme of Jesus’ ministry. Sometimes, as in the passage we’re reading today, Jesus spins parables that deliver an impression of the kingdom. What makes the kingdom challenging to describe is that it’s not just a concept; it’s also primarily an […]

June 21, 2020

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time In the Gospel passage today, Jesus was speaking very personally and very seriously to the apostles. He warned them that, for apostles to take up the mission, they must be strong and courageous. He emphasized this by commanding three times: “Do not be afraid!” This same message is meant for […]

May 17, 2020

6th Sunday of Easter “I will not leave you orphans.” These are Jesus’ words to me today. They’re so reassuring to hear, today. Residing in New York City during this terrible pandemic, I see Jesus’ promise coming through loud and strong every day. Living across the street from Lenox Hill Hospital, I see the makeshift […]

April 19, 2020

2nd Sunday of Easter Easter is the season of hope as we contemplate the Paschal Mystery—the mystery of life, death, resurrection. I submit for your reflection today a parable a colleague shared with me. I used it as my Easter message to my parish. It’s a parable of hope. May it bring you some comfort […]

March 15, 2020

3rd Sunday of Lent The whole thing started when Jesus asked a woman for a drink of water. It was high noon. The sun was intense. Jesus was tired. His disciples left him there alone so that they could buy provisions in the little town nearby. A woman came to draw water, so he asked […]

February 16, 2020

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Chapter five of Matthew’s Gospel ends with a declaration by Jesus: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets. I have not come to abolish but to fulfill.” He then proceeded to push every one of the laws to a radical conclusion. He extended, […]

January 19, 2020

We begin Ordinary Time by reading from the beginning of the Gospel of John. The scene opens with John the Baptist at the Jordan. The Jewish authorities had sent emissaries from Jerusalem to him ask him a very direct question: “Who are you.” He had no hesitation in telling them that he was not the […]