March 25, 2019

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord This is a great day for all of us, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. Almost every time an angel shows up in scripture and speaks his first words it is followed by “Do not be afraid.” Be glad you don’t see your guardian angels. After […]

March 24, 2019

Listen! God speaks; “I have witnessed the affliction of my people … and have heard their cry of complaint against their slave drivers, so I know well what they are suffering.” Moses encounters God in the burning bush and God reveals himself as the God of the living and his name as I am who […]

March 23, 2019

“My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found” (Lk 15:31-32). Chapter 15 of Luke’s gospel consists of three parables. They underscore Jesus’ use of stories […]

March 22, 2019

We are almost finished with two weeks of Lent and tensions may be challenging us: it’s another fast day from meat, another day to focus on our prayer and alms giving. Today’s readings invite us to review the deep-seated evil of jealousy that challenges us. A special spiritual director challenged me once to look at […]

March 21, 2019

Mark Twain has many quips. One of them says: Money is not the cause of all evil. Lack of it, is. Is this not the case in today’s gospel from St. Luke, particularly in the story of Lazarus the poor man and the anonymous rich man who is often called Dives (Latin for rich man). […]

March 20, 2019

Today is the first day of spring. Perhaps the colder weather hasn’t given in, but officially the vernal equinox is here and we are in the hopeful season. We plant seeds, add water and wait in hope. Our liturgical season also offers us that same opportunity to experience hope – such a precious gift we […]

March 19, 2019

Solemnity of St. Joseph “When Joseph awoke [from his dream], he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.” This passage, of course, follows the account of his intention to Mary when he noticed that she was pregnant. Too little attention is given to Joseph’s role […]

March 18, 2019

“We are shamefaced even to this day: we, the men of Judah, the residents of Jerusalem and all Israel, near and far, and all the countries to which you have scattered them because of their treachery toward you.” These words from the prophet Daniel written so many centuries ago seem to ring true in our […]

March 17, 2019

2nd Sunday of Lent Luke’s account of the transfiguration is my favorite for two reasons. He told us what Jesus was talking about with Moses and Elijah: “his exodus and what he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.” Luke also told us that “Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully […]

March 16, 2019

For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? . . . And if you greet your brothers and sisters only, what is unusual about that? . . . So, be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Mt 5:46-48) In reflecting on Jesus, the Teacher of Wisdom, two things […]