August 20, 2019

“Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.” Even the disciples, who had been with Jesus for a while, were clearly shocked by Jesus’ statement, and they ask him, “Who then can […]

August 13, 2019

“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” This is the answer Jesus gave when the disciples approached Jesus asking, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” This was not the answer they expected—or wanted to hear. Children were not fawned […]

August 6, 2019

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord “Master, it is good that we are here!” In the course of our lives, we, like the disciples, experience high moments, when we find ourselves on holy ground and God shows himself to us in a powerful way. Peter, James, and John surely felt that way when they […]

July 30, 2019

“The righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” Thus ends the explanation of the parable of the weeds in the field. In truth the parable is more authentic and easier to understand than the allegorization given it in the early church. Generally, a parable has but one meaning. In an […]

July 23, 2019

“Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” These were the provocative questions that Jesus asked when told that his mother and brethren were asking to see him. Jesus is not being disrespectful or rude to his mother or his family. These verses don’t say that he totally ignored them. Rather, Jesus draws attention to […]

July 16, 2019

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!” These same woes are invoked on Capernaum. It is rare that we see Jesus show anger (or at least frustration), but we have it here. We are told that “Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had […]

July 9, 2019

“At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.” This summary statement of how Jesus reacted to the crowds that he was drawing reveals two salient characteristics of his: compassion, and the tenderness he showed for those in need. […]

July 2, 2019

The apostles came and woke Jesus, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” What a cry of despair! No wonder Jesus was a bit aggravated. He answered their frightened cries by saying, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” They were all returning from the Gentile side of the lake, where Jesus had […]

June 25, 2019

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets.” Jesus sums up the morality of the Old Testament, and calls us to think about how we would want to be treated and then treat others that way. It is a call to loving action. This, quite […]

June 18, 2019

“And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same?” Our gospel passage is from the Sermon on the Mount. And Jesus tells us here that we are to be different (which is what it means to be holy). We are called to a higher standard. […]