October 28, 2020

Feast of the Apostles Simon and Jude Saint Paul today reminds us of this great mystery: that we are not strangers, but fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God. That household is built on the prophets and apostles with Jesus as the capstone. We are indeed part of the […]

October 27, 2020

Again, he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.” (Luke 13:20-21) An early childhood memory is of Grandma Agnes and her sisters baking. They would meet for a day, just before […]

October 26, 2020

The terms left, and right appeared during the French Revolution of 1789 when members of the National Assembly divided into supporters of the king to the president’s right and supporters of the revolution to his left. (Norberto Bobbio. Taken from Left & Right: The Significance of a Political Distinction. John Wiley & Sons, page 112). […]

October 25, 2020

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jesus finds himself confronted by a group of Pharisees who have gathered to test him. Have you ever experienced a time when it seemed like several people ganged up with a vendetta against you? A scholar challenges Jesus to name the greatest of the commandment of the law. In reply, […]

October 24, 2020

Do you think that because these Galileans suffered… they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? Jesus addresses here the thinking that was rife in his day (and in ours as well) that suffering and misfortune come to us because of our sinfulness. Although unfortunate events might allow Jesus an opportunity to defend God against […]

October 23, 2020

One of the consequences of the pandemic which we have all experienced is a loss of a sense of time. Occasionally I even have to ask myself what day is it. A sense of time preoccupies Jesus in the gospel today. He seems frustrated and dismayed that his audience doesn’t know what time it is. […]

October 22, 2020

Our son came home from college one day and shared that he was the only one of his friends whose parents were still married. His world was shifting from a Catholic home-school community, where long-time married parents were the norm, to the “real” world, where we were now the exception. This was ten years ago. […]

October 21, 2020

You have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me . . . I’d like to focus today on one important understanding of “stewardship”: making wise choices for how we individually and collectively make use of God’s gifts of creation. In a “Peace Message” on January 1, 1990, Pope John Paul […]

October 20, 2020

You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him, the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord. (Ephesians 2: 20-22) The Letter […]

October 19, 2020

“For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) These words from Ephesians today remind us of who we are and what we are called to do. Today we remember Saint Isaac Jogues and companions. The life of […]