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 […]

October 15, 2018

“This generation is an evil generation: it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah” (Lk 11:29). Evil and injustice abound today. As we experience our political discourse and institutions we sense that evil is present. And with special sadness we see the evidence of the evil of […]

September 17, 2018

In the first reading today from St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians we are given a glimpse into the challenges faced by the early Christian community. We are told of divisions and factions experienced within the community as they celebrate the Eucharist which should bring about a time of intense unity and love. From […]

August 20, 2018

The most common interpretation given for the Gospel story today is that the young man went away sad because he rejected the invitation of Jesus to be perfect. Is it possible that because of his many possessions he needed time to process just how he would go about answering this call? The saint we commemorate […]

July 16, 2018

“And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple—amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward” (Mt 10:42). It sounds so easy. Who among us would not offer a cup of cold water to another who is thirsty? […]