February 25, 2022

From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh… Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate. This was the answer Jesus gave to those who […]

February 11, 2022

And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly… Did Jesus need to go through a whole ritual of touching this poor man’s ears and tongue? Of course not. More than once, Jesus healed without any physical contact with the beneficiary. Why the seemingly strange effort in this […]

January 28, 2022

Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church With many such parables, [Jesus] spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it. Without parables, he did not speak to them, but to his own disciples, he explained everything in private. Matthew better describes the many parables that Jesus used […]

January 14, 2022

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to him [the paralytic], “Child, your sins are forgiven.” This incident takes place at the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry. We are told that Jesus returned “home” to Capernaum. His reputation had already spread far and wide, and people gathered to hear him. The paralytic, who had to […]

December 21, 2021

My lover speaks; he says to me, “Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one, and come! For see, the winter is past, the rains are over and gone.” “What in the world is this doing in the Bible?” This is not an uncommon reaction to a first encounter with the Song of Songs. It […]

December 14, 2021

Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest, and Doctor of the Church Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you….” To me, this gospel reading speaks volumes about what it means to be faithful to God. It’s one thing to talk […]

December 7, 2021

Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop, and Doctor of the Church “… it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.” Perhaps no other sentence sums up more succinctly the meaning of Christmas. Jesus was sent into this world so that none of us be lost. The Father […]

November 16, 2021

“By manfully giving up my life now, I will prove myself worthy of my old age, and I will leave to the young a noble example of how to die willingly and generously for the revered and holy laws.” The two books of Maccabees give us events that occurred in the second century B.C. when […]

November 9, 2021

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica The Lateran Basilica—not Saint Peter’s—is the pope’s cathedral church. Given to the church by the emperor Constantine, it is the oldest church in Rome, and for a thousand years, was the home of the popes. Our first reading describes a vision of the prophet Ezekiel that took […]

November 2, 2021

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. There are many readings one can choose from for today’s Mass. However, this excerpt from the book of Wisdom speaks of the fact that there are many people in the hand of […]