October 18, 2020

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Pay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God is certainly on the top ten of biblical quotes. Jesus said this to circumvent a difficult situation. Two groups, hostile to each other, united in an attempt to take him down. The Herodians were a political […]

October 17, 2020

The one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. This is a passage that has bedeviled commentators and confused ordinary readers. What on earth does it mean to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit? The language of Jesus here may even seem relatively strong for the Gospel of Luke. After all, many blasphemed […]

October 16, 2020

Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than five sparrows. Do we ever give much thought to how much we watch over others? In […]

October 15, 2020

Memorial of Saint Therese of Lisieux Today the church remembers Saint Therese of Lisieux, sometimes better known as the Little Flower. Born in France a few years after the death of Saint Peter Julian Eymard, she lived only twenty-four years. Do you remember how you spent the first twenty-four years of your life? Would you […]

October 14, 2020

Saint Paul paints an incredible vision of what might characterize the world if we truly embraced the Spirit and thereby shared in the fruits of such a union. He lists these fruits as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. He then paints a bleak image of a world generated by “works […]

October 13, 2020

For through the Spirit, by faith, we await the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. (Galatians 5:5-6) Today’s reading from the Letter to the Galatians is important in many ways. It highlights teachings central to Paul’s proclamation of the Good News: grace and the […]

October 12, 2020

A tale in a ball of yarn. Some unraveling required. But the audience knew the story. God spoke to Abraham to take his wife, Sarah, to a new land, and there, Sarah would give birth to a child despite her age. Not clear as to what God meant that from this son would come many […]

October 11, 2020

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Everything is ready: come to the feast! To dismiss out of hand the king’s invitation to his son’s wedding banquet was the biggest mistake the first invitees ever made. On the other hand, such a surprising invitation so lifted up the spirits of the downtrodden street people that they jumped […]

October 10, 2020

“Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” He [Jesus] replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” Some people, and even a few commentators, see this as a putdown of his mother by Jesus. Not so. It is instead heightening the importance […]

October 9, 2020

Saint Paul reminds us in his letter to the Galatians that faith in Jesus is a gift available to all who accept it. He argues that faith, and not the rigidity of law, declares that the invitation to follow Christ be extended to the Gentiles: …Through you shall all nations be blessed. Consequently, those who […]