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 […]

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 […]