April 5, 2021

What will our new normal be like after the pandemic? This question has generated much discussion. Hope is beginning to emerge that with vaccines, we may return to a normal existence. But having experienced the fear, isolation, and death of this past year, we wonder what normal might be. And so, we await a “new […]

March 14, 2021

4th Sunday of Lent “Jesus didn’t come to change the mind of God about humanity, but to change the mind of humanity about God” (Renee Girard). Perhaps as we read the first reading from 2 Chronicles today, we feel that what happened to the people was their own fault. After all, they did not heed […]

March 1, 2021

“O Lord, we are shamefaced like our kings, our princes, and our fathers who have sinned against you.” From the book of Daniel, these words express a sense of shame as that painful feeling caused by being aware of wrong or foolish behavior. It is an acknowledgment that despite God’s compassion and forgiveness, the people […]

February 14, 2021

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time The Israelite community sought to protect itself by having the priests declare someone unclean who exhibited signs of skin diseases. Once declared unclean, the individual was forced to live outside the camp. The pandemic we are suffering has made this easier for our modern minds to understand. Instead of priests […]

February 1, 2021

We have become accustomed to seeing signs posted outside of hospitals announcing, “Heroes Work Here.” A reminder of the impact the pandemic is having on our health care workers. Today’s reading from Hebrews reminds us of another group of heroes. The names and deeds of those who were approved because of their faith and made […]

January 10, 2021

Baptism of Jesus The feast of the baptism of Jesus invites us to transition between the Christmas season and the public ministry of Jesus. In doing so, our focus is drawn to the presence of the Spirit. At the Annunciation, the Spirit hovers over Mary, and the Word becomes flesh within her. At the baptism, […]

January 4, 2021

Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious “The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light; on those dwelling in the land overshadowed by death, a light has risen.” These words from Isaiah find their fulfillment as Jesus begins his ministry. His preaching calls for us to repent, for the kingdom of heaven […]

December 21, 2020

“O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.” What a powerful message this “O Antiphon” has for us today as we experience the darkest day of the year in what continues to be a dark year in our […]

November 30, 2020

With Advent just beginning, the church focuses our attention on Saint Andrew, one of the first apostles. Andrew was a seeker. John tells us that he went out to the desert, searching to find out what John the Baptist was all about. He learned; so that when Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee and […]

November 16, 2020

We may find the Book of Revelation’s graphic language about cosmic events hard to understand. But for the faithful Christians for whom it was originally written, the message of assurance that God had not abandoned them was evident. They saw a vision of a world renewed by its Creator, giving them hope during a very […]