November 27, 2022

1st Sunday of Advent Happy New Year is an appropriate greeting as we begin a new liturgical year. Our Church year begins with the season of Advent, focusing our attention on the coming of God into our lives. We will reflect over the next few weeks on his coming in the person of Jesus. However, […]

November 13, 2022

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time When tragedy strikes, we struggle for words. Recent hurricanes and wildfires, famines, and the horrors of the war in Ukraine have caused many to use the word “apocalyptic” to define the destruction. How else can you describe the loss of life, livelihood, and way of life? Contemplating such a loss […]

October 23, 2022

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time I have competed well. I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. With these words, Saint Paul faces his life drawing to a close. We live in a society that seems to thrive on competition. A race awaits at every turn that we might proclaim a winner—in politics, […]

October 9, 2022

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time You should live in thanksgiving, which supposes experiencing the joy of the Lord’s gifts and blessings. (Saint Peter Julian Eymard) Living thanks is more important than giving thanks. The stories of healing today offer us the opportunity to ponder the difference. All are cured of leprosy, which forced them to […]

September 25, 2022

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time The story of the rich man and Lazarus is one we have heard many times. On the surface, it appears to be a story about those who have wealth and those who are poor. When we read the story from this vantage point, many can read it as outsiders saying […]

September 11, 2022

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time There is nothing that can stop God’s love for you. (Saint Peter Julian Eymard) Today’s readings remind us that God’s love and mercy are the defining qualities of his relationship with humankind. St. Paul is explicit: the grace of our Lord has been abundant. This saying is trustworthy and deserves […]

August 28, 2022

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Jesus frequently uses the image of a banquet to communicate his message. We are presented with the image of an earthly banquet today. People come together at the host’s invitation to share food and life with one another. Perhaps we can broaden our perspective to see this as the banquet […]

August 14, 2022

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time We are challenged – even disturbed – by Jesus’ words. Do you think I have come to establish peace on the earth? Our answer is probably “yes,” we are very comfortable with you coming to bring us peace, security and solve our problems. No, I tell you, but division. Really, […]

July 24, 2022

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time At the Savior’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say. At every Mass, these words invite us to pray our family prayer — the prayer that, for many of us, was the first prayer we learned. Today we reflect more carefully on what these words invite us […]

July 10, 2022

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time How often have we said to someone, “you know better than that,” or to ourselves, “I know better than that,” when we have caused pain to ourselves or someone else. As we read the parable of the Good Samaritan, we may think that the priest and the Levite should have […]