30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2021

“The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy!” The verse quoted above deserves some time of quality reflection, especially dur- ing troubling times when the circumstances seem oriented toward us taking our eyes off the Lord Jesus and staring instead at those circumstances that con- spire to rob us of ... Read more

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2021

“Would that all the people of the LORD were prophets!” Moses’ response to Joshua’s complaint about some people receiving the gift of prophecy, just not in the expected way, reflects his great desire that all of the Jew- ish people could walk in God’s presence, receiving His guidance. However, that level of availability of the ... Read more

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2021

“The Lord upholds my life.” The first reading describes a very interesting scenario. The ones who are just, who are trying to follow the Lord, who are trying to do the right thing, are a target. They are targeted for two different reasons.  First, even though the popular dictum is “live and let live,” ... Read more

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2021

“Who do you say that I am?” It was a very interesting day. We were having a somewhat vociferous staff discussion about where to put the trash cans in the new church, when we got a call to turn on the TV, which we did, just in time to see the second plane hit the ... Read more

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2021

“Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not!”   It’s been noted by some that the Bible states 365 times, “Do not be afraid!” This amounts to a once a year reminder: do not be afraid! On the one hand, in theory, all of us know that as followers of the Lord ... Read more

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2021

“Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls.” One of the amazing gifts that we have been given as human beings is the ability to learn, the ability to receive information. We can get this from many different sources. One of the most crucial of the ... Read more

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2021

“Master, to whom shall we go?” The disciples were faced here with a significant challenge. The Lord Jesus had just proclaimed His teaching about His Real Presence in the Eucharist in a way that many of the disciples found it impossible to accept: that He would give them His flesh to eat. The response of ... Read more

Solemnity of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, 2021

“All generations will call me blessed.” The Solemnity of the Assumption is one of the few feasts in the General Calendar of the Church that overrides a Sunday in Ordinary Time. As Sacrosanctum Concilium (“This Most Sacred Council,” the Constitution on the Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council) states, “Other celebrations, unless they be truly ... Read more

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2021

“...then, strengthened by that food...” Here we see the great hero of Mt. Carmel, whose amazing actions in calling down fire from Heaven in his contest with the pagan priests has restored the faith of the Jewish people. But what happens next? He is threatened by the pagan queen, and he flees into the desert, ... Read more

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2021

“This is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat”   As the Church has given us these wonderful readings about the gift of the Bread from Heaven, we will take the next several weeks to share about this gift of infinite value. Last week it was mentioned that there are two trajectories ... Read more