5th Sunday of Lent: I Will Open Your Graves

“I will open your graves and have you rise from them!” That sounds like an offer we cannot or at least should not refuse! The Jews heard that word during a difficult time for them. They were exiled, far from their Land of Israel, and yet here was this prophet giving them this word of … Read more

4th Sunday of Lent: Laetare Sunday: “The Lord is My Shepherd!”

  “The Lord is my shepherd!” Does this make you joyful? Certainly this amazing acclamation from the great King David can give us cause for joy! King David knew, from his extensive experience with that challenging task, that to have a shepherd who is absolutely committed to your well being and is competent to carry … Read more

3rd Sunday of Lent: “Give Me a Drink!”

“Give Me a drink;” such an innocent request, one that wouldn’t raise any questions. Yet when the Lord Jesus asks the Samaritan woman for a drink, it starts a chain of events that not only results in her conversion, but that of her entire village. In the first reading, we hear this request being placed … Read more

Ash Wednesday: “Repent and Believe the Gospel!”

“Even now, says the Lord, return to Me with your whole heart.” We are loved by a Father Who will never let us go, a Father Who loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son.  We begin Lent with the reminder that its foundation is first and foremost the love of … Read more

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time: “Rest in God Alone, My Soul.”

The first two readings and the responsorial Psalm reveal, in a wonderful way, the nature of the Triune God’s heart for us. By inspiring Isaiah with this amazing analogy, He dispels for us any possible thought that He chooses to be distant from us or abandon us: “Can a mother forget her infant, be without … Read more

7th Sunday of Ordinary Time “You are a Temple of God!”

In our second reading, St. Paul reminds us that we participate in one of the most amazing mysteries of the Christian life: that we are temples of God! For St. Paul, the great Temple in Jerusalem was the heart of his life, and to protect it was one of the reasons why he so arduously … Read more

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time–“Choose Life!”

Our readings this Sunday focus on the gift of the Commandments and the explicit  invitation by the Holy One of Israel to follow them. Seeing the Commandments as a gift is a particular challenge for us, as in our progressively more anti-law culture, the law is seen as somehow inhibiting our freedom. This was not … Read more

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time–“Blessed are the Poor in Spirit!”

  All four of our readings this Sunday speak to that same reality: “blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”  But what does that mean?  Many interpretations have been given over the years, I like the approach that suggests that it refers to all who not only are poor … Read more

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time — “Let There Be No Divisions Among You!”

“I urge you brothers and sisters…that there be no divisions among you!” Thus St. Paul issues one of his most difficult challenges to the Christians of his time and to the Christians of all times. In St. Paul’s day, the biggest internal division was between the Jewish Christians and the Gentile Christians, and often focused … Read more