June 6, 2020

Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth…. We could entitle this observation of Jesus as “Giving loose change to God.” We are told in the gospel today that a poor widow gave everything she […]

May 30, 2020

When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him. There is much that we don’t know about Paul’s stay in Rome. Acts tells us that he lived there for two years, and was allowed to evangelize from there. And that’s how the book ends. There are […]

May 23, 2020

[Apollos] had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and, with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus… Apollos is spoken rather highly in Acts of as a man of eloquence, well versed both in the Scriptures and in the “new way of the Lord.” Strangely enough, despite all that he knew about […]

May 16, 2020

If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world… the world hates you. . We seem to find a paradox here: the world is spoken of as an evil place, one inimical to the Christian message. And yet, this same gospel tells us […]

May 9, 2020

It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. Thus, spoke Barnabas and Paul when their preaching in the synagogue in Perga in Pamphilia was met with “violent abuse.” And so began […]

May 2, 2020

Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Though this statement from Simon Peter comes near the beginning of John’s Gospel, it reflects well the life of the early church. The first reading speaks of the peaceful growth of the church, and its spread throughout the whole of Israel. Peter’s […]

April 25, 2020

The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little. If Saint Paul stresses the faith that we must have in Christ Jesus, 1 Peter (our first reading today) stresses the witness value of our lives. […]

April 18, 2020

Saturday in the Octave of Easter Whether it is right in the sight of God for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges. As we bring the octave of Easter to a close, we focus on a fearlessness on the part of Peter and John that would have been impossible before […]

April 11, 2020

Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter We were indeed buried with [Jesus] through baptism into his death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life. Saint Paul drives home for us the significance of Jesus’ death and […]

April 4, 2020

…It is better for you that one man should die instead of the people… As we approach Holy Week, our focus shifts more to the death of Christ that we will commemorate next week. Here, as well as in the first reading, the emphasis is not so much on what God will do to us […]