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 […]

August 15, 2021

The Feast of the Assumption of Mary The feast of Mary’s assumption into heaven celebrates much more than Mary being taken bodily to heaven. This feast speaks hope to a suffering Church locked in a life and death conflict with the world. Let’s reflect on this aspect of the feast by focusing on the passage […]

July 18, 2021

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jesus had given the apostles authority over unclean spirits and commissioned them to preach. So, they went off and preached repentance. They drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them. In today’s gospel passage, the apostles had just returned from what proved […]

June 20, 2021

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Today is a stormy kind of Sunday! In the first reading, we see Job caught in a spiritual crisis. His friends have ridiculed him for his unfailing faith and trust in God. Job has begun to wonder why God has allowed so many disasters to befall him. He’s wondering what […]

May 16, 2021

7th Sunday of Easter We’ve come to the last Sunday of Easter, concluding the great Week of Weeks. The gospel message couldn’t be more appropriate or more powerful as we anticipate the feast of Pentecost. The passage is taken from Jesus’ prayer for his disciples at the Last Supper. They’re the last words he spoke […]

April 18, 2021

3rd Sunday of Easter On Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene reported to the disciples, who were “mourning and weeping,” that she had seen the risen Lord. But they didn’t believe her. Later that night, two disciples excitedly reported to the group that they had met Jesus along the road as they were fleeing the city. They […]

March 21, 2021

5th Sunday of Lent Holy Week is a week away, but we can already feel the darkness closing in on Jesus. The gospel passage we’ve read today tells us that, as Passover was drawing near, Jerusalem was filling up with pilgrims. Some were Jews of Greek origin. They were probably converts. They had heard about […]

February 21, 2021

The 1st Sunday of Lent Here we are marking the First Sunday in Lent. Last year we couldn’t celebrate Ash Wednesday, and we couldn’t celebrate Holy Week. It seems like we’ve been trapped in a year that never ends. The account of Christ in the desert is an appropriate image of what we’ve been experiencing. […]

January 17, 2021

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time What a remarkable gospel passage we have to think about today—and every day! It’s John’s account of the “call” of the disciples. John’s approach to the topic is as different as night and day from the synoptic accounts. Take note of the way the disciples are called in these gospels. […]

December 20, 2020

Fourth Sunday of Advent We generally think of the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary as the one and only annunciation reported in the Gospels. However, there are three annunciations in the Gospel of Luke. Each one is unique and important for our reflection. The first annunciation was to a priest, Zachariah. While he was in […]