32 Sunday in Ordinary Time MK 12:38-44 November 11, 2018 We are nearing the end of this liturgical year. The week after next is the Feast of Christ the King, and then we begin the ...
31 Sunday in Ordinary Time MK 12:28B-34 November 4, 2018 Seventy-two hours of the last full week of October, 2018, will long be remembered as among the darkest days in American his...
30 Sunday in Ordinary Time MK 10:46-52 October 28, 2018 Where does it hurt? That’s a question that Moms ask toddlers with a high degree of frequency. Am I right, Moms? Toward...
29 Sunday in Ordinary Time MK 10:35-45 October 21, 2018 Talangka’ is the name of a variety of “shore crab” found in the Philippines. Plentiful, they are an inexpensive food source ...
28 Sunday in Ordinary Time MK 10:17-30 October14, 2018 I have never heard a homily, or, for that matter, preached a sermon on this Sunday’s Gospel that I’ve been comple...
27 Sunday in Ordinary Time MK 10:2-16 October 7,2018 It sounded like good news when I read the headline last week: Millennials have caused the U.S. divorce rate to plummet by 18% o...
26 Sunday in Ordinary Time JN 3:14-21 September 30, 2018 It’s unclear why Eldad and Medad, the two men named in the First Reading (Numbers 11:25-30) were not invited to join the 68...
25 Sunday in Ordinary Time MK 9:30-37 September 23, 2018 Last Sunday’s Gospel was about establishing Jesus’s identity as “The Christ.” But Peter’s res...
24 Sunday in Ordinary Time MK 8:27-35 September 16, 2018 The scene opens with a prosperous-looking young man wearing fancy sunglasses and driving a shiny convertible sports car alo...
22 Sunday in Ordinary Time MK 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 September 2, 2018 In the political arena, the expression: Speak Truth to Power has become quite popular. It seems to describe the ...
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time JN 6:60-69 August 26, 2018 R-E-S-P-E-C-T Find out what it means to me R-E-S-P-E-C-T And so begins the song recorded by “Detroiter,” Aretha ...
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time JN 6:51-58 August 19, 2018 Last Wednesday, August 15, we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary. A “dogma” of our faith, we ...
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time JN 6:41-51 August 12, 2018 The table is turned…the dinner table, that is. Among my earliest memories are the agonizing hours (at least it seemed ...
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time JN 6:24-35 August 5, 2018 It’s often said that Evangelical Christians use the Bible as a “rule book,” while Catholic Christians look to the Bible as a ...
17 Sunday in Ordinary Time JN 6:1-15 July 29, 2018 The woman reporting the international news gave the warning that often issues these days when we are trying to fool ourselves int...
16 Sunday in Ordinary Time MK 6:30-34 July 22, 2018 Ekapol Chanthawong isn’t a name that rolls easily off our western tongues. Fortunately, his friends just call him “E...
15th Sunday of Ordinary Time MK 6:7-13 July 15, 2018 Jesus began to send them out two by two. I have no idea whether or not they ever met face to face. However, in the last century...
14 Sunday in Ordinary Time MK 6:1-6 July 8, 2018 Last Sunday, our Readings were like a brilliant finale to a 4th of July fireworks display. Even as the dark night sky is filled wit...
13 Sunday in Ordinary Time MK 5:21-43 OR 5:21-24, 35B-43 July 1,2018 When I was in middle school, my parents invested in a set of World Book Encyclopedias, including an enormous di...
Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist LK 1:57-66, 80 June 24, 2018 Last week, I visited my old friend, Marie Wrocklage. She was “at home with hospice” and...
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time MK 4:26-34 June 17, 2018 Jesus taught in parables…we know that. Today’s Gospel passage concludes with the words: without parables, He did not speak to ...
Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time MK 3:20-35 June 10, 2018 Last Sunday, the Church celebrated The Feast of Corpus Christi with Readings that brought the concepts of change and presence...
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ MK 14:12-16, 22-26 June 3, 2018 Change and presence are the very core of every Eucharist. For many generations, we Catholic Chri...
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity MT 28:16-20 May 27,2018 It is estimated that at least three billion people watched “the Royal wedding” last weekend. That means that ...
Pentecost Sunday JN 15:26-27; 16:12-15 May 20, 2018 I was invited to share a meal, after sharing Eucharist, with the Sisters of St. Clare in their monastery on Shattuck Road. It wa...
The Ascension of the Lord MK 16:15-20 May 13, 2018 We’ll start with a little geography lesson. Bethany was, and to this very day, is a little village that is located on the crest o...
Sixth Sunday of Easter JN 15:9-17 May 6, 2018 The Easter Season is coming to a close. The school year and my career as a substitute teacher are rapidly coming to an end as well. I ...
Fifth Sunday of Easter JN 15:1-8 April 29, 2018 It is being widely reported that the cost for a bottle (or box) of cheap wine is about to rise faster than the price of a gallon of ...
Fourth Sunday of Easter JN 10:11-18 April 22, 2018 The last thing that I would have envisioned myself doing in my retirement years is boarding a school bus filled with high school ...
Third Sunday of Easter LK 24:35-48 April 15, 2018 Two weeks have passed, but our Gospel for this Third Sunday of Easter holds us in “The Upper Room.” It’s not exa...
Sunday of Divine Mercy Second Sunday of Easter JN 20:19-31 April 8, 2018 St. John Paul Il, while Bishop of Rome, declared the Sunday after Easter to be “Divine Mercy Sunday.” This ...
Easter Sunday JN 20:1-9 April 1, 2018 In this hi-tech, computer-dominated age, “fact checking” has become not only a simple matter of a few Google searches, but is some...
Good Friday JN 18:1—19:42 March 30, 2018 Ash Wednesday, which happened to be Valentine’s Day this year, a day in which we celebrate love, there was yet another mass shooting at a H...
Holy Thursday JN 13:1-15 March 29, 2018 Here we are on Holy Thursday…of Holy Week….a very sacred time for our Church. In fact, these are the beginning hours of the most...
Palm Sunday MK 14:1—15:47 March 25, 2018 The XXIII Olympic Winter Games began on the 9th and concluded on the 25th of February, 2018. Held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, athletes fro...
Fifth Sunday of Lent JN 12:20-33 March 18, 2018 It’s hard to know just exactly how much of what I am trying to pass on to my 9th grade theology students about our faith is sticking...
Fourth Sunday of Lent JN 3:14-21 March 11, 2018 We are halfway through Lent 2018. This 4th Sunday of the Liturgical Season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving…not unlike the m...
Fourth Sunday of Lent JN 3:14-21 March 4,2018 Over the years, on multiple occasions, and for any number of reasons…some baseless, others valid…I have heard “detractors” of the Roma...
Second Sunday of Lent MK 9:2-10 February 25, 2018 We began “Lent ‘18” with the shocking news of yet another test of faith. This test did not occur on a mountaintop, but rather on t...
First Sunday of Lent MK 1:12-15 February 18, 2018 Mark’s report of the “Temptation in the Desert” is the shortest of the 3 versions that appear in the Gospels. While Matt. and Luke...
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time MK 1:40-45 Febrary 11,2018 One of the most effective weapons used by Allied forces in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, was leprosy. Afflicted ...
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time MK 1:29-39 February 4, 2018 What “mom” among us has not come home, bone weary, with an armload of groceries, but no plan for dinner, only to be greete...
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time MK 1:21-28 January 28, 2018 I found the recent shutdown of the Federal Government very unnerving. I acknowledge that I might have been over-reacting,...
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time MK 1:14-20 January 21, 2018 It’s true what they say. In retirement, you often feel busier than when you were working. And while “senior st...
Second Sunday of Ordinary Time JN 1:35-42 January 14, 2018 Connecting the dots… The Christmas Season is over. We are now in a brief period of “Ordinary Time.” (Ash Wedn...
The Epiphany of the Lord MT 2:1-12 January 7, 2018 People put different boundaries around Christmas. Some decorate the day after Thanksgiving and have everything taken down and pac...
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Luke 2:22-40 December 31, 2017 What is there to say about 2017? LOTS! In fact…there is way too much to say about this year of change, conf...
Fourth Sunday of Advent LK 1:26-38 December 24, 2017 From the time that God directed Abram (later to be known as Abraham) to leave the comfort of his hometown and go out into a str...
Third Sunday of Advent JN 1:6-8, 19-28 December 17, 2017 In his little reflection for this Gaudete Sunday, Bishop Robert F. Morneau of Green Bay, Wisconsin writes: Joy has fallen o...
Second Sunday of Advent MK 1:1-8 December 10, 2017 One tradition has it that the Advent wreath has four candles to symbolize the 4,000 years separating Adam and Eve from the Birth ...
First Sunday of Advent MK 13:33-37 December 3, 2017 The past two years, I’ve been driving a vehicle that has a special safety feature. The car came with sensors on the front and si...