November 20, 2021

One of the most vivid and disturbing paintings that depict Jesus’ crucifixion was painted by the German artist Matthias Grünewald in the early 1500s. The painting was created for a large altarpiece, known as the Isenhiem Altarpiece, for the monastery of Saint Anthony in northern France. Beholding the altarpiece, the image of the crucified Jesus […]

November 19, 2021

Today’s first reading gives us a detailed description of the purification and rededication of the temple in Jerusalem, its celebration, and the implementation of the new feast of Hannukah. The praise of this ritual is echoed in today’s canticle from the first book of Chronicles (not a psalm!), where the grandeur and power of God […]

November 18, 2021

As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes” (Luke 19-41-42). God looks upon our suffering… and he weeps. Of all the heart-wrenching moments in the Bible, this one really tugs deep within. Here […]

November 17, 2021

Martyrdom, the acceptance of death rather than the repudiation of one’s faith and beliefs, has a long history in the Catholic Church and other churches and religious faiths. Today’s first reading offers us the incredible example of a Jewish mother. She encourages and exhorts her seven sons to undergo torture and death rather than eat […]

November 16, 2021

“By manfully giving up my life now, I will prove myself worthy of my old age, and I will leave to the young a noble example of how to die willingly and generously for the revered and holy laws.” The two books of Maccabees give us events that occurred in the second century B.C. when […]

November 15, 2021

There’s a lot of noise in our world — so many dissonant voices squawking like geese on a pond. We sometimes can’t hear what is being said, or we don’t want to listen to the noise of so many messages. But indeed, some voices must be heard in that crowd that cry out for attention. […]

November 14, 2021

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time A bucket list expresses what individuals want to experience, do, or accomplish during their lifetime. Googling bucket list gives thousands of suggestions in the fields of travel, relationship, wellness, sports, and other topics. What is on your list? Today’s readings brought to mind the bucket list concept as our attention […]

November 13, 2021

I am sure that we have all realized by now that there are dimensions to prayer beyond our understanding and that there are no magical formulas to follow that guarantee that our prayer requests will be granted exactly as we ask them. One certain thing is that prayer offered in a spirit of humility and […]

November 12, 2021

Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop & Martyr Josaphat Kuntsevych lived in turbulent times between the Ruthenian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Since 1054, tensions have been high between these two branches of Christianity. Born and baptized into the Orthodox tradition in Poland (now part of Ukraine) in about 1580, he lived between religious […]

November 11, 2021

Thy Kingdom Come! NASA notifies me when the space station is going to be visible from my front yard. My grocery store lets me know when my favorite items are on sale. The dentist doesn’t let me miss a date with his office. What I want to know is when is God’s kingdom coming? How […]