January 9, 2022

The Baptism of the Lord The voice of the Lord speaks to us clearly today, offering a message of hope and promise. Isaiah is asked to speak both tenderly as well as to cry out at the top of his voice, fear not here is your God who comes with power. And John the Baptist […]

December 12, 2021

3rd Sunday of Advent Rejoice in the Lord always; I shall say it again rejoice! (Philippians 4:4) How can we rejoice when the pandemic still threatens us and the divisions in our families, communities, and world seem to be growing deeper. Although the media presents us with glowing images of holiday gatherings, we know the […]

December 6, 2021

“Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak, say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God…he comes to save you.” (Isaiah 35:3-4) These words were addressed to a community suffering exile, longing for a return home, and unsure as they waited in hope […]

November 14, 2021

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time A bucket list expresses what individuals want to experience, do, or accomplish during their lifetime. Googling bucket list gives thousands of suggestions in the fields of travel, relationship, wellness, sports, and other topics. What is on your list? Today’s readings brought to mind the bucket list concept as our attention […]

November 1, 2021

The Solemnity of All Saints Every time we pray the Apostles’ Creed, we express our belief in the communion of saints. Perhaps we pray it so often that we do not pause to reflect on what we really believe. The Feast of All Saints gives us that pause. In 2020 the church counted a little […]

October 10, 2021

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time “What must I do to gain eternal life? “How often this same question asked by the man in today’s reading is asked by others—even by ourselves. We want to be sure we are doing what will bring us eternal life. We read in Hebrews that “the word of God is […]

October 4, 2021

Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi The readings today present us with very different responses to the Lord’s call. For Jonah, hearing the call caused him to get on a ship going in the opposite direction. The gospel parable expressed the call from a man who was robbed, beaten, and lying half-dead on the road. […]

September 12, 2021

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time “Who do you say I am?” Peter steps forward and answers the question. “You are the Christ.” Peter expresses his conviction that Jesus is the Anointed of God, expected to be priestly, royal, and always powerful. But when Christ offers the dimension of the Servant of the Lord found in […]

September 6, 2021

Our Labor Day was designed to give us an opportunity to celebrate human labor. On this day, when we offer appreciation for those who have labored well, we offer special thanks to the first responders, medical personnel, and scientists who have saved lives and are helping us navigate through this pandemic. They stretched out their […]

August 8, 2021

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time “Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32). These words from Ephesians present a challenging task. Reflecting on the cost of living them in our relationships may cause us to echo the words of Elijah, “This is enough, O Lord” (1 Kings […]