Scripture: Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 Reflection: Almost always I find myself lost in thought when I read or hear proclaimed the amazing parable of the "prodigal son." There is so much richness; so many applications that pertain to my own life and ministry » Continue Reading.
Feast of St. Patrick Scripture: Daniel 3:25, 34-43 Matthew 18:21-35 Reflection: In today’s first reading from the Prophet Daniel, we find Azariah (Abednego), in the fiery furnace, praying, not for himself but for the entire Jewish Community. "We have in our day no prince, prophet, » Continue Reading.
Feast of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16 Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22 Matthew 1:1-16, 18-21, 24a Reflection: "It was not through the law that the promise was made to Abraham and his descendants that he would inherit the world, but » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Jeremiah 17:5-10 Luke 16:19-31 Reflection: For many years, the Gospel has been interpreted as an evacuation plan for the next world. This perspective, suggests Brain McLaren, has overlooked the prevailing thrust of the Gospel to provide an insertion plan into this world. The Gospel » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Jeremiah 18:18-20 Matthew 20:17-28 Reflection: For many, it must be difficult at times to profess our faith in a climate of anti-Catholicism: What? You don’t support embryonic stem cell research? You’re not "Pro Choice?" You supported California’s Prop. 8 forbidding Gays and Lesbians from » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46 Reflection: "There is no cruelty like the cruelty of children." (anon) "Being a Jew, one learns to believe in the reality of cruelty and one learns to recognize indifference to human suffering as a fact." (Andrea Dworkin) » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 1:10, 16-20 Matthew 23:1-12 Reflection: "Make justice your aim…Come now, let us set things right." As a child, my siblings and I were always instructed to "give something up" for Lent with the explanation that self-sacrifice would make us holier. In reality, though, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 Romans 8:31b-34 Mark 9:2-10 Reflection: The first week of Lent we were with Jesus in the desert. This week we journey with him to the "mountaintop." Mountaintop experiences (some of our Passionist monasteries: Sierra Madre, Pittsburgh, Monte Argentario were » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Ezekiel 18:21-28 Matthew 5:20-26 Reflection: The season of Lent takes us on a journey. This unique period of travel ends in Holy Week with the great Triduum celebration and the solemnity of Easter. Beyond the liturgical calendar and counting off the 40 days, the » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 26:16-19 Matthew 5:43-48 Reflection: "My command to you is: love your enemies, pray for your persecutors." Humans resemble animals in their ability to use anger to meet difficult situations with courage and aggressiveness. So anger in itself is a natural good and not an evil! » Continue Reading.