January 15, 2021

“Rise, pick up your mat, and walk!” From what do we need to rise? Our scripture readings are an interesting prelude to the holiday weekend and the inauguration of another American presidency. We also look forward to the Octave for Christian Unity next week, also beginning on Monday. No matter who is inaugurated, do we […]

January 14, 2021

And there came a leper to him, and kneeling down said to him: if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean (Mark 1:40). Before Jesus spoke to the leper, he reached out and touched him. Having read about leprosy and seeing pictures of their wounds, I can only imagine reaching out and putting my hand […]

January 13, 2021

Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested. The author of Hebrews reminds us of the meaning of the incarnation, a critical tenet of our faith: Jesus was born into our world not to help the angels, but us, the descendants of Abraham. Jesus […]

January 12, 2021

He (Jesus) taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes (Mark 1:22). Jesus had just begun his public ministry, and already people could sense that there was something different about his teaching. For one thing, it differed from that of the Scribes. They contented themselves with repeating the teaching of others who […]

January 11, 2021

Today we celebrate the first day of Ordinary Time. There is certainly nothing ordinary about these thirty-four weeks that reveal in word the fullness of Christ’s life and mission. Saint John Eudes once wrote: It is he himself (Christ) who is to be spirit, heart, love, life, everything for you. In the life of a […]

January 10, 2021

Baptism of Jesus The feast of the baptism of Jesus invites us to transition between the Christmas season and the public ministry of Jesus. In doing so, our focus is drawn to the presence of the Spirit. At the Annunciation, the Spirit hovers over Mary, and the Word becomes flesh within her. At the baptism, […]

January 9, 2021

You yourselves can testify that I said that I am not the Christ, but that I was sent before him. The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase; I must decrease. (John 3:28-30) […]

January 8, 2021

As we wrap up the Christmas season, our scriptures continue the theme of “epiphany” or manifesting. This short season invites and challenges us to show the incarnation’s power in our lives, especially through the healing presence that Christ made known to us. The first letter of John invites to testify to this incarnation of the […]

January 7, 2021

They say good fences make good neighbors. Well established and clear boundaries help us all. They keep in what we want in and keep out what we want out. The first step when installing a fence is surveying the property. Then you dig and install the fence posts on which the fence will hang. But […]

January 6, 2021

The Feast of the Epiphany The feast of the Epiphany is a very significant feast for the Eymardian family. In 1857, on January 6, Father Eymard made the first solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel of the first foundation of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament on rue d’Enfer in Paris. Reflecting […]