November 26, 2022

Shortly before Jesus was betrayed and crucified, he spoke of his second coming to his disciples. I find it interesting that in this gospel passage, Jesus throws in the anxieties of daily living along with carousing and drunkenness when speaking of being ready for his return. Jesus is just as concerned about our everyday routine […]

October 22, 2022

In Luke’s gospel today, Jesus repeats the phrase “…if you do not repent, you will perish….” God has never broken a promise. This is a promise from the lips of Jesus. Being part of the Catholic faith has given us the gift of confessing sin and reconciliation. The need for repentance is a universal condition […]

September 24, 2022

Today’s reflection stems from today’s Alleluia Verse: “Our Savior Christ Jesus destroyed death and brought life to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10). It tells us that Jesus has saved us and calls us to a holy life. Verse 9 tells us that this new life is not accomplished by our works but is […]

August 27, 2022

Memorial of Saint Monica There is a lot going on in all of the readings for today, but the one that caught my attention and that I would like to reflect on is 1 Corinthians 1:30, 31. “It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, […]

July 23, 2022

Four years ago, my friend Jim asked me, “When you read the Daily Eucharistic Reflections, do you also read the Scripture of the day?” I responded, “No.” He then encouraged me to start reading the Scripture of the day before reading the reflection. From that day forward, I have done just that. It does make […]

June 25, 2022

“Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” Like Joseph and Mary, many of us have lost our children not in the temple but in malls, amusement parks, and other crowded events. When we notice they are gone, we look for them and […]

May 28, 2022

Today, all of our readings speak of Jesus as God, Jesus as King, Jesus as the Son of God the Father, Jesus as the Messiah, and yet millions of people in the United States do not believe Jesus is God. The population in the United States in 2020 was about 331,000,000, of which 258,000,000 of […]

April 23, 2022

Today’s 1st Reading and Gospel fit together very well. Peter and John were being told not to talk about Jesus to the people at the temple area. Their response was, “It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.” Before Jesus ascended, he said “Go into the whole world […]

March 26, 2022

Mercy and a contrite spirit are the themes in the readings today, including the Responsorial Psalm. Who shows up in your soul when it is time to show mercy or judgment? Is it the arrogant, self-righteous Pharisee or the contrite and repentant tax collector? It takes practice for one to show up over the other. […]

February 26, 2022

Today’s first reading is taken from the letter of James (5:13-20), a passage dealing with healing the sick, confessing our transgressions, and bringing sinners back to God. Our Roman Catholic Church takes much of what it teaches and does from Scripture and tradition. My wife and I have been members of Saint Paschal Baylon in […]