February 9, 2020

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jesus says to each of us today: You are the salt of the earth… so don’t lose your zesty taste, or you may be good for nothing. You are the light of the world… so don’t be hidden, rather shine your light before others to glorify your heavenly Father. On […]

January 12, 2020

The Baptism of Jesus Today, our Church shifts its focus from the infant Jesus to the adult Jesus. Imagine Jesus, now around age thirty, is at the top of his physical, mental, and spiritual maturity. He is ready to begin the purpose of his life, the salvation of God’s people Israel, and to be a […]

December 8, 2019

2nd Sunday of Advent Once again in December 2019, the ancient voices of Isaiah and John the Baptist speak out prophetically to remind all of us that God’s promise of salvation, universal peace and global harmony is NOT like the stump of a dead tree, but blooms in the person of Jesus, the living shoot, […]

November 10, 2019

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time The Sadducees of Jesus’ day denied the possibility of resurrection, whereas the tortured death of the seven Maccabee brothers and their mother (1st reading) in contrast, proclaimed a strong and growing belief in a new and better life continuing after death with God. The resurrection of Jesus himself and his […]

October 13, 2019

Today’s two stories are about foreigners, Naaman and the anonymous Samaritan, who are faced with the living-death of leprosy. Both have a dramatic encounter with the living God of Israel and live to tell the world about it. The proud and arrogant Naaman reluctantly submits to bathing seven times in the Jordan and his death […]

September 8, 2019

Who can know God’s counsel or who can conceive what the Lord intends?…except you had given Wisdom and sent your Holy Spirit from on high? (Wis 9:13-17) The unknown author of the book of Wisdom places this prayer on the lips of king Solomon to emphasize, all the more forcefully, the need we all have […]

August 11, 2019

“Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom…for where your treasure is, there also will your heart be” Luke 12: 32ff.). Jesus reminds us today that of all God’s marvelous creation, WE, you and me and every person is the treasure God holds closest to […]

July 14, 2019

The question the scholar of the Law asks in the gospel today is not really “who is my neighbor?” because deep down he knows that every human being is neighbor and kin. Every living being necessarily relies on another in the fragile ecosystem of life on this earth. The scholar blinds himself to this truth […]

June 9, 2019

Pentecost “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you” (Jn 14:26). Today is the birthday of the church and the People of God! Alleluia! What an explosive beginning and introduction of the person of the Holy Spirit […]

May 12, 2019

Good Shepherd Sunday Jesus encountered opposition and acceptance, jealousy and admiration during his public career. Acts 13 reveals a similar story. Paul is on his first journey to win traditional Jews to Christ. When their entrenched adherence to their patriarchal faith poses a block to accepting Jesus as the son of God and Savior of […]