June 26, 2022

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Two roads diverged in the woods, and I took the one less traveled by, and it has made all the difference. (Robert Frost) The readings today focus our attention on roads set before us in life. In the Gospel today, Jesus is firm on beginning his journey to Jerusalem. It […]

June 25, 2022

“Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” Like Joseph and Mary, many of us have lost our children not in the temple but in malls, amusement parks, and other crowded events. When we notice they are gone, we look for them and […]

June 24, 2022

June 24, 2022, Sunday Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus “I tell you…, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.” This assertion of Jesus is where he answers the charge of the Pharisees that he is always […]

June 23, 2022

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Names are chosen for their uniqueness, ancestral significance, and import, referencing a virtue or a tribute to another: many reasons and choices. But what’s in a name? Everything. In today’s readings, we consider the importance of names. Zechariah, visited by the angel Gabriel who makes baby […]

June 22, 2022

We have all heard the saying never judge a book by its cover, yet we do. I admit that I buy wine based on the wine’s name, label, and description. My first impression of people is usually an impression that has worked well for me. Occasionally, I am fooled and find the book was not […]

June 21, 2022

Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga SJ After being reminded yesterday not to measure and judge without having clear eyes, we receive specific advice on dealing with difficult people in today’s Gospel. Don’t! Sometimes we will be giving our treasures and gifts to people who will not openly or willingly receive them. Give holy gifts to […]

June 20, 2022

So will you be judged. Matthew 7:1 Judging others and criticizing others is almost like a disease, a condition that’s very difficult to heal. Some of us experienced the symptoms early in life – as I did. It was so easy to find fault and unpleasant differences in people around me. I was too young, […]

June 19, 2022

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ In the Bible, numbers very often have a symbolic or mystical meaning. For example, Saint John’s Book of Revelation makes extensive use of numerology. His numbers are not to be taken literally; they have a deeper meaning. Today, let’s reflect on Luke’s use of numbers […]

June 18, 2022

Our Lord reminds us that we worry too much in the Sermon on the Mount. This is because we fail to place our trust in the correct source. Most of us are competent people, and experience has told us that we can handle most situations well enough. This creates complacency in us, and we forget […]

June 17, 2022

For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. Over the past several years, we have become accustomed to seeing in painfully graphic ways on news shows and video replays people carrying their most treasured earthly treasures fleeing from some catastrophic event: a raging forest fire, flash floods, lines of women and children […]