Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk 10:46-52 October 24, 2021 Over the past month, The Diocese of Saginaw has laid to rest two of my fellow “senior priests.” The funeral Masses fo...
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk 10:35-45 or 10:42-45 October 17, 2021 Just for the sake of discussion, imagine for a moment that the conversation went this way: JOHN and JA...
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk 10:17-30 or 10:17-27 October 10, 2021 October 4th is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. One of many amazing stories about him describes th...
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Mk 10:2-16 or 10:2-12 October 3, 2021 Our First Reading, “The Creation Story,” as told at Genesis 2, is frequently proclaimed at wedding liturgies...
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 September 26, 2021 During the first year of my theology studies, preparing for ordained ministry, at the conclusion of a ...
Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk 9:30-37 September 19, 2021 Spiritual author Fr. Richard Rohr talks about “see(ing) the text with your available eyes” and hearing the Gospel...
Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk 8:27-35 September 12, 2021 We concluded last Sunday’s Liturgy of The Word with a resounding endorsement of Jesus: He does all things well! ...
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk 7:31-37 September 5, 2021 The three tenses are there…PAST…PRESENT…and FUTURE. But the order is scrambled. The Old Testament Reading, rather ...
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 August 29, 2021 I recall sitting in the back seat of our bright green 1954 Chevrolet, making our way home after Sunday Mass,...
Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Jn 6:60-69 August 22, 2021 It’s a scene we’ve witnessed before: frantic people clinging hopelessly to a departing jet as it taxied down a Kabul...
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Lk 1:39-56 August 15, 2021 In the middle of the 20th century, Pius XII wove together strands of belief and tradition handed down by the earlie...
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Jn 6:41-51 August 8, 2021 At a meeting this past June, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to begin work on a “teaching” docum...
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Jn 6:24-35 August 1, 2021 During a recent visit, a friend shared memories of his Italian grandmother. He recalled how, although her English was l...
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary John 6:1-15 July 25, 2021 There is a large billboard on the side of a highway in Minnesota with a picture of a loaf of ordinary white bread. The plas...
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk 6:30-34 July 18,2021 Even though information about Covid, the threat of variants, the vaccines, the restrictions, the precautions, and all the ...
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk 6:7-13 July 11, 2021 The 12 that were “specially chosen” by The Lord were given some pretty specific instructions on what to take, how to act, ...
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk 6:1-6 July 4, 2021 There is no shortage of modern-day voices working to promote a cause, or a doctrine, or recruit a following to advance an i...
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk 5:21-43 or 5:21-24, 35b-43 June 27, 2021 The raising of Jairus’s daughter is certainly worthy of some quality reflection time. As miracles go,...
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk 4:35-41 June 20, 2021 “You don’t even care about me…DO YOU?” How many times has an angry teenager thrown that accusation at a parent who has laid...
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk 4:26-34 June 13, 2021 I attended the graduation ceremony for the Nouvel Catholic Central High School Class of 2021. I made a point of being ther...
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Mk 14:12-16, 22-26 June 6, 2021 The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has responded to a notice sent to the Vatican...
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Mt 28:16-20 May 30, 2021 We are Baptized In the Name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. That is our Tradition…inspired by today’s Go...
Pentecost Sunday Jn 20:19-23 May 23, 2021 Franciscan theologian and author of numerous books and articles on spirituality, Fr. Richard Rohr, OSF, celebrated his 65th year of life b...
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord Mk 16:15-20 May 16, 2021 There is a song that comes in the middle of Act One, and then reappears in Act Two, of the musical Godspel. I love t...
Sixth Sunday of Easter Jn 15:9-17 May 9, 2021 As a Catholic priest, I have not been blessed with an “immediate family” no wife or kids. However, through my ministry, I have been a ...
Fifth Sunday of Easter John 15:4a, 5b May 2, 2021 Try to put yourself in St. Paul’s sandals for a minute. Imagine how he must have felt, fresh from one of the most dramatic convers...
Fourth Sunday of Easter Jn 10:11-18 April 25, 2021 In some parishes, during the Sunday Masses of the Easter Season, the gathered “profess the faith” after the homily, through the r...
Third Sunday of Easter Lk 24:35-48 April 18, 2021 Jesus was often called: “Rabbi” which means “teacher.” In the rabbinic tradition, little stories are frequently used as a method o...
Sunday of Divine Mercy Jn 20:19-31 April 11, 2021 Big ideas require time to absorb. For example, my Mother’s 2nd anniversary of death was this past Monday…and I still reach for the...
Easter Sunday Jn 20:1-9 April 4, 2021 Some researchers, who supposedly have expertise in the area, claim that the human brain is wired to “hang on” to negative experiences for a mu...
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion Mk 14:1—15:47 March 28, 2021 If you have ever had the opportunity to stand on the rim of the Grand Canyon and look out over this vast and spectacu...
Fifth Sunday of Lent Jn 12:20-33 March 21,2021 The second of the three pillars of Lent…together with prayer and almsgiving…is, of course, fasting. Think back a few week...
Fourth Sunday of Lent Jn 3:14-21 March 14, 2021 Prayer being one of the three pillars of Lent, along with fasting and almsgiving…it might be helpful to approach this Sunday’s...
Third Sunday of Lent Jn 2:13-25 March 7, 2021 Housekeeping can seem like thankless and oftentimes futile work. How many times do Moms say (or possibly yell): I just washed that flo...
Second Sunday of Lent Mk 9:2-10 February 28, 2021 I am by no means a fan. However, when insomnia hits, I’ve been known to watch one of the late-night talk shows. Well, insomnia hit...
First Sunday of Lent MK 1:12-15 February 21, 2021 Anticipating Ash Wednesday and Lent 2021, a friend commented that she “always cries during the Good Friday Services.” There is no ...
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk 1:40-45 February 14, 2021 It’s going on two years since my mother died. Certainly, like myself, my family, and her close friends…especially t...
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk 1:29-39 February 7, 2021 There was a game show that was quite popular between 1952 and 1967 called “I’ve Got a Secret.” Some unknown person would “...
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk 1:21-28 January 31, 2021 St. Paul’s opening words in our Second Reading are pleasant enough. I would like you to be free of anxieties. I would lik...
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Mk 1:14-20 January 24, 2021 One person dominates my thoughts as I reflect on today’s Gospel. It isn’t Jesus, Who is obviously the central character in...
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Jn 1:35-42 January 17, 2021 I remember being confused about the difference between “Apostles” and “disciples.” What I can’t recall is who I consulted...
The Baptism of the Lord Mk 1:7-11 January 10, 2021 Wednesday, January 6, 2021, I re-experienced a wave of emotions that I had prayed never to suffer through again. As I watched in ...
The Epiphany of the Lord Mt 2:1-12 January 3, 2021 Most people…whether or not they are “believers”…Christian and non-Christian alike…are at least familiar with the sear...
The Holy Family LK 2:22-40 December 27, 2020 Our Christmas liturgies carry our minds and hearts through time and space. The Readings we hear transport Christians around the world o...
Fourth Sunday of Advent LK 1:26-38 December 20, 2020 Stargazers have been looking forward to the evening of December 21, 2020, for quite some time. Astronomers have determined that...
Third Sunday of Advent JN 1:6-8, 19-28 December 13, 2020 I got a new car last week. It was a bit of a surprise…although it really shouldn’t have been. The three-year lease on...
Second Sunday of Advent MK 1:1-8 December 6, 2020 In order to enjoy a little bit of relief from the overwhelming stress of the past several months, this year, many folks put up the...
First Sunday of Advent MK 13:33-37 November 29, 2020 I am longing for the day when I can spend some time with God talking about something other than the pandemic. And I really thou...