September 19, 2020

Someone may say, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come back?” Saint Paul faces us with this question in today’s reading. He goes on to tell us that this is a foolish question. “You fool!” he says, “What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies. And […]

September 12, 2020

The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? (1 Corinthians 10:16). Paul is dealing here with the question of eating meat sacrificed to idols, which was often sold in the meat […]

September 5, 2020

Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath? This accusation was one the Pharisees often used of Jesus. The observance of the Sabbath was a central law, one of the ten commandments. This ancient law was stressed, especially after the Exile. Living in a pagan world, they needed to share their faith with […]

August 29, 2020

Passion of Saint John the Baptist God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong. John the Baptist was hardly born in a palace or a wealthy family. Yet, his influence and importance in the history of salvation were enormous. The […]

August 22, 2020

Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary Last week we celebrated the assumption of Mary into heaven. This week we celebrate her queenship. This feast has at least tenuous roots in Scripture. When Mary visited her cousin, Elizabeth called Mary “mother of my Lord.” As in all the mysteries of Mary’s life, she is closely associated […]

August 15, 2020

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary From this day all generations will call me blessed: The Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his name. Mary’s assumption shows us our own destiny as God’s adoptive children and members of the body of Christ. Like Mary, our mother, we are called to share […]

August 8, 2020

Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move. Jesus may have been exaggerating in this allegory, but he often spoke about faith and its importance. Faith, here, is not about believing truths. It […]

August 1, 2020

Lord, in your great love, answer me. The readings today are pretty gruesome. The chief priests want to put Jeremiah to death. And the gospel passage has a young woman not only asking for the death of John the Baptist but to have him beheaded as well so that she can give the head to […]

July 25, 2020

Feast of Saint James, Apostle The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. This is the conclusion of a passage that is an embarrassment in the life of James. It’s a shame that this is what the church wants us […]

July 18, 2020

Do not forget the poor, O Lord! This is the refrain of the responsorial psalm for today. The readings themselves are not the most inspiring. The psalm, however, serves as a reminder that no matter what may be going on in our lives or our world, God is always there with his care and concern. […]