July 15, 2019

In today’s first reading we are reminded of the story of the children of Israel saved by Joseph only to be threatened again experiencing the cruelty of slavery. God’s plan for them was larger than their own hope for safety and stability. And they find themselves on the move again! How often we experience the […]

June 17, 2019

Imagine our world without war and hate, revenge and greed. Now try to imagine our country without division and distrust, poverty, and inequality. What would our neighborhoods and homes be like if we understood our own human dignity and saw that same worth in those around us? Sound like a Pollyanna-type wish? Or is it […]

May 20, 2019

“I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit … he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you” (Jn 14:25-26). Frequently, I have the privilege of being with families during the final days and hours of their loved one’s life. How precious these […]

April 29, 2019

Oftentimes people who have had a life-threatening experience find themselves with a new perspective on life feeling as if they were born again and given another chance. In the reading from Acts today as Peter and John return to the Christians in Jerusalem after having been brought before the Sanhedrin, there is a sense of […]

April 15, 2019

In the early church, the week we are about to celebrate was known as the “Great Week.” It was in the fourth century that St. Athanasius began to use the term “Holy Week” to recognize the significance of what we celebrate. As we walk through this week we are invited to stand in awe of […]

March 18, 2019

“We are shamefaced even to this day: we, the men of Judah, the residents of Jerusalem and all Israel, near and far, and all the countries to which you have scattered them because of their treachery toward you.” These words from the prophet Daniel written so many centuries ago seem to ring true in our […]

February 18, 2019

“He sighed from the depth of his spirit.” As we listen to these words from the gospel today we can almost feel the anguish and frustration that Jesus experienced. The Pharisees arguing and seeking a sign express their inability to understand the depth of God’s love and care for his people. Give us something more […]

January 21, 2019

Jesus is our High Priest who mediates a new relationship between God and ourselves. In today’s Gospel reading, he uses the metaphor of wineskins to focus our attention on the futility of trying to put his vision for humanity into old structures that cannot hold it. The struggle to find new wineskins for his vision […]

December 17, 2018

Genealogy has become very popular. There are courses, websites, and kits that are available to help discover family roots and ancestors. Today’s readings immerse us in our faith genealogy. In the first reading Jacob instructs his family on what they will experience in the future. In the gospel reading from Matthew we are taken on […]

November 19, 2018

Today’s Gospel reading presents us with the compelling encounter between Jesus and the blind man. At the beginning we see the man’s persistence in believing Jesus would respond to his needs if he could just get his attention. He persists in the face of being hushed by the crowd. Jesus calls him and we see […]