April 14, 2019

Palm Sunday Palm Sunday begins the last week of Jesus’ life. We recall the dramatic events that led him from the resounding praise of joyous “Hosannas” to the morbid shouts of “crucify him,” “crucify him,” from palms to thorns, from exaltation to execution, from horrible death to glorious life and resurrection. As on Good Friday […]

March 10, 2019

First Sunday of Lent Lent is a time to rekindle the meaning of our baptism. On that auspicious day, the priest said: I claim you for Jesus Christ, and from that moment, we were given the mission to imitate and represent Christ. Just as Jesus began his mission at John’s baptism, encouraged by his Father’s […]

February 10, 2019

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time God’s word is loud and clear in the three readings for this Sunday. We have but to read and reflect. His word can come to anyone, anytime, anywhere as it did for Isaiah, Paul, and Simon. Consider: Isaiah is praying when he receives a vision of the awesome holiness of […]

January 13, 2019

The Baptism of the Lord Today, the Church shifts its focus from the infant Jesus to the adult Jesus. For 30 years Jesus was patiently preparing for the day when he would leave his parents and native village of Nazareth, travel to Jerusalem and to the Jordan River, be baptized by his desert-living cousin John, […]

December 9, 2018

Second Sunday of Advent In today’s second reading, Paul candidly admits that I pray always with joy for all of you because of your partnership for the Gospel from the first day until now. Paul spread the Gospel together with other missionaries, and always included as “partners” the people he converted from the “first day” […]

November 11, 2018

With the hesitant sharing of her last piece of bread with the hungry prophet Elijah, the widow at Zarephath trustingly accepted Elijah’s promise that his God of Israel would give all of them daily bread thereafter to sustain life. This was a deal the widow could not ignore. Many years later, Jesus would declare: I […]

October 14, 2018

Prayerful attention and confidence in the Word of God is the double-edged sword or the modern power tool that can defeat atheistic communism, and can also propel a stuffy and conservative church to open its windows to the modern world. This is evidenced in two men who will be canonized today in Rome, Archbishop Oscar […]

September 9, 2018

“Jesus has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.” Every time we seek out health care professionals, we willingly subject our bodies to their healing touches. The sense of “touch” is vital to human interaction and essential for any form of healing, physical, mental, or spiritual. Notice that Jesus […]

August 12, 2018

Ordinary bread is a product of the earth and prolongs our human life. Living bread is a metaphor Jesus applied to himself to teach us how necessary and indispensable he is to our spiritual life. The gospel today quotes several Old Testament prophets who said: “they shall all be taught by God.” Elijah found this […]

July 29, 2018

From scarcity to abundance. God does not want to work alone, our input and assistance is needed. Our talents and gifts of education, our words and actions, our hands and feet, and our physical and spiritual energy are meant to assist God in the salvation of planet Earth. How good to feel needed, especially by […]