Scripture: Wisdom 6:1-11 Luke 17:11-19 Reflection: A few weeks ago, while driving down the freeway through California farmland, I spotted some fruit pickers in fields along our way. It sure looked like back-breaking work in the hot sun to me. These men and women were » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Wisdom 2:23-3:9 Luke 17:7-10 Reflection: Our meditation focuses on the stark message that is pointed out by Jesus today, “we are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.” His words are virtually a “laser beam of truth” which aims at » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Wisdom 1:1-7 Luke 17:1-6 Reflection: Several years ago, a series of self-help books whose title began, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff,” hit the best-seller list. As well-meaning as the author undoubtedly was, there was nevertheless something troubling about that title. In today’s gospel, Jesus » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5 Luke 20:27-38 Reflection: One core tenet of our Catholic faith is belief in an afterlife. Yet as we can see in today’s readings, just what that means or looks like is up for grabs. After all, no » Continue Reading.
The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica Scripture: Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17 John 2:13-22 Reflection: St. John Lateran, Mother of all Churches We have celebrated our feasts of the dead as we join with nature who changes her gown for the season » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Romans 15:14-21 Luke 16:1-8 Reflection: How far does the contemporary Christian go to follow Jesus? Can the lures of the world entice you without compromising your beliefs? How much compromising can one do and still remain loyal to being a true disciple? I find gratitude » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Romans 14:7-12 Luke 15:1-10 Reflection: My older sister gave me some good advice. She had just gotten married and I was in the Passionists’ High School minor seminary. We had those schools in the ‘60’s. I wrote to her telling her that she and » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Romans 13:8-10 Luke 14:25-33 Reflection: This reading from St. Luke’s Gospel is one of the most challenging of the New Testament. Does Christ really expect his followers to surrender every attachment, human and material, for Him? Reflecting on this challenge, I am not so » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Romans 12:5-16b Luke 14:15-24 Reflection: Brothers and sisters: We, though many, are one Body in Christ and individually parts of one another. –Romans 12:5 ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in here the poor and the crippled, » Continue Reading.