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 […]

December 15, 2019

Third Sunday of Advent Reading the Advent scripture readings we can sense anticipation and a deep sense of hope. Think of the messianic prophecies Isaiah proclaimed to us over the past three weeks. “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, […]

November 17, 2019

THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME We’re one week away from the last Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year. In preparation, the scriptures direct us to reflect on a powerful theme, the second coming of Christ. We first read the prophet Malachi’s description of the coming of the Son of Man, a “day blazing like an […]

October 20, 2019

The parable of the Persistent Widow follows an extended teaching that Jesus delivered to his apostles about the coming of the Kingdom of God. It’s important that we reflect on this parable in the context of this teaching. The apostles once asked Jesus to teach them to pray. So he taught them these well-known words: […]

September 15, 2019

Today we’re presented with three parables. The context in which they’re delivered is the key to their interpretation. “Tax collector and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, ‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.’” Jesus has been both welcoming sinners, and eating […]

August 18, 2019

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time What are we celebrating today, “Conflict Sunday?” Look at the three scriptures for our reflection! We first hear of poor Jeremiah having to prophecy that the Babylonian army would soon conquer Jerusalem. Hearing this, the military leaders petitioned King Zedekiah to have the prophet put to death for demoralizing the […]