On any Sunday morning, you can flip the switch on your TV set or radio and you can find a sermon blaring at you. Often the sermon topic will be about how God punishes and destroys sinners. Part of the reflection will be about how our nation is in dangerRead More →

The road which leads from Jerusalem to Jericho is a treacherous, dangerous, twisting mountain road which falls 3,300 feet in 17 miles. At the time the Gospel was written, and even today, the road was and is very dangerous. Prison escapees, desert bandits, and hijackers waited behind its rocks and turns to attack travelersRead More →

Tomorrow, we celebrate the 246th birthday of America. On July 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the American Declaration of Independence. This day is important for America not only because it is our birthday, but more because we celebrate the birth of a concept – that all men and womenRead More →

There is a sense of urgency in the readings today. “Come After me!”  “Let the dead bury their dead”;  “Come away and proclaim the kingdom of God!” “Lord, I will follow You, but first let me…. NO, Come now!” For would-be followers, there is no tomorrow. Jesus demanded an immediateRead More →

How quickly those days with Jesus after He rose from the dead must have passed for His Disciples. How amazed the Apostles were, and yet how painful it must have been for the Apostles when He summoned them to the mountain and told them that He was leaving them andRead More →

Today, a phrase in the first reading stands out and connects with last week’s readings about the Good Shepherd:  “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.” The Good Shepherd is one who suffers. He is willing to lay down His life forRead More →

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT – CYCLE C Today the Church throughout the world celebrates “Latare Sunday” (which means) “Rejoice Sunday”. The opening Prayer of today’s Mass speaks of this joy. The readings chosen for today’s Mass have a common thread. We should be filled with joy because of the loveRead More →

On Wednesday of this week, we will enter the Holy Penitential Season of Lent. This season of Lent recalls the forty years spent by the Israelite people in the desert while Moses led the way to the Promised Land. During that time, the Israelite people experienced what it meant toRead More →

Many people today have a rather low opinion of themselves. They look upon others as talented and gifted; they admire others for their accomplishments. They are able to sing the praises of others, but when it comes to themselves, they don’t expect much. I don’t know about you, but IRead More →

Can you imagine how the prisoners of the Concentration Camps felt when the allied forces liberated them, and their freedom and dignity were given back to them? Our first reading today is a description of refugees who had been deported to Babylon (present-day Iraq), returning to Jerusalem 500 years beforeRead More →