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 […]


November 15, 2020

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time The gospel reading today is the well-known parable of the talents. A man going on a long journey divided his possessions among three of his servants. Two of them invested what the master gave them and doubled it! They were rewarded for this and were given even greater responsibilities. The […]


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 […]