September 21, 2021

Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle [Jesus said,] Go and learn the meaning of the words, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” This exchange followed Jesus’ inviting Matthew to follow him and subsequently enjoying a meal at his home with many other tax collectors. The Pharisees, of course, objected to his “eating with tax collectors and sinners.” […]

September 14, 2021

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” To my mind, this is one of the strangest passages in the New Testament. The incident […]

September 7, 2021

You were buried with [Jesus] in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. Our complicated reading today was written to stress the importance of our baptism and spell out the blessings that we receive with this important sacrament — blessings […]

August 31, 2021

What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the holy One of God! So often in the gospels, like above, we find demons proclaiming loud and clear who Jesus really is. In each case, Jesus tells them to keep quiet. Why does Jesus […]

August 24, 2021

Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle Bartholomew was one of the Twelve, mentioned sixth in the three Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:14). The passage from John that we read today mentions only a Nathanael, and the assumption is made that these two are the same. Little is known of his activities as a […]

August 17, 2021

“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.” When the disciples heard this, we are told that they were greatly astonished and said, “Who then can be saved?” This saying of Jesus went against everything they thought […]

August 10, 2021

Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat, but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” One can see why this gospel passage was chosen for this feast. Lawrence was martyred for […]

August 3, 2021

“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” This question of Jesus was addressed not to the crowds but one of his closest disciples. The incident in question shows how easily we can waver between faith and doubt. Peter had the courage and trust to ask Jesus to allow him to walk on water, […]

July 27, 2021

His disciples approached [Jesus] and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” Asking Jesus to explain a parable always seems to me like asking someone to explain a joke. By definition, a parable is a simple story using concrete imagery to make a single point. It loses its punch if […]