October 6, 2019

Stir into flame the gift of God that you have . . . bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God. Habakkuk is a prophet for our times. It seems like his prayers go unheard. He asks whether there is anyone who listens to the cry of the […]

September 22, 2019

This Sunday’s gospel and next are both stories about, “a rich man,” along the same line as the father with two sons. A steward is reported for squandering the owner’s property and is about to be fired. To win the favor of those in debt to his master he lowers the amount they owe. After […]

September 1, 2019

Humble yourself and you will find favor with God. The setting of the gospel is, “a Sabbath meal at the home of a leading Pharisees.” Jesus is under careful observation by the invited guest. He, likewise, notices the guest seeking places of honor and tells them a parable. We retell the story at our Sabbath […]

August 25, 2019

How would you reply to the question asked in the gospel? Will only a few be saved? The wording of the question draws me back to my childhood. I lived in the hope of purgatory. It was clear to me that I was far from being a saint who qualified to enter heaven. Our theology […]

August 4, 2019

Qoheleth begins on a dour note of vanity. “All his days sorrow and grief are his occupation…this also is vanity.” The truth is we take nothing through the door of death. Jesus cautions us not to store up treasure for ourselves with material possessions but to be rich in what matters to God. So pause […]

July 28, 2019

Surprisingly, the disciples of Jesus did not know how to pray! Jesus would pray off by himself. He would be in communion with the Father, alone in solitude. So when the disciples saw Jesus in prayer they wanted to be taught. They knew John the Baptist did so with his disciples by being a voice […]

July 7, 2019

The gospel acclamation sums up the richness of this weekend’s liturgy. “Let the peace of Christ control your hearts; let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” The opening prayer brings our minds to the abasement of Christ, and Saint Paul boasts in the cross of Christ, “through which the world has been crucified […]

June 23, 2019

My best memories of Corpus Christi continue to be the outdoor processions of the Blessed Sacrament. From every Mass we are sent, “Go and announce the gospel.” On this day, we do so with the evidence in hand, as the faith community in a collective manner demonstrates our faith in the body and blood of […]

June 2, 2019

In many places, the Ascension of the Lord is this weekend; for others it is the Seventh Sunday of Easter. The scriptures of these liturgies point us to the Holy Spirit, encouraging us to take up the mission of proclaiming the kingdom of God. The risen Christ is taken from earth in a cloud. The […]

May 26, 2019

To pray with this gospel text, place yourself in the cenacle with Jesus. Be mindful of when these words were spoken. It is Passover and people wondered if Jesus would stay away because of the threats against his life. He has begun his final and greatest lesson in a ritual of washing feet as an […]