Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 Sometimes, when we’re reading a passage from Scripture, something will jump out that we don’t expect. That’s what happened to me as I was preparing this homily. When I read today’s gospel, the phrase that stood out to me was this: Jesus told the disciples that their names are written in heaven.…

Sixth Sunday of Easter (May 2019)

If you listened attentively to the reading today, you’ve noticed that the Holy Spirit is mentioned in each of the readings. It is clear from these readings that the Christian community is indebted to the Spirit for its very existence and well-being. It is the Sprit who stirs up in us the waters of our…

Bible open to the Psalm

Second Sunday Ordinary Time (January 2019)

JOHN 2 No shotgun wedding here. It’s a very proper arranged marriage—and the whole village of Cana is invited. The problem is, the whole village comes, whether they have RSVPed or not. So, the wine starts running out on the third day of the festivities. Somehow the problem is solved, the family’s honor is preserved,…

Advent wreath candles

Fourth Sunday of Advent 2018

LUKE 18:1-8 You may remember me mentioning some videos on YouTube by Fr. Mike Schmitz. I saw one recently where he talks about how life must have been for Mary. He highlighted a particular aspect of Mary’s life. He talked about the impact that being sinless would have on a person’s day to day life.

Palm Sunday 2011

Walking from Bethany to Mt. Zion is a notable journey, by no means an easy one. It is a mile and a half climbing and descending through the hills of Judea. You cross the Mount of Olives and pass by the olive trees that have been there since the time of Jesus. Then you descend…