As the reading from the Book of Kings opens in today’s Mass, the prophet Elijah had just proved God’s power and majesty over 450 false prophets of the pagan god Baal.  Queen Jezebel was humiliated and embarrassed and reacted with great anger against Elijah; so he fled to Mount HorebRead More →

As the Gospel opens today, Jesus has just learned that John the Baptist has died. Jesus and Apostles decided to take a few days by themselves, so they got into a boat and headed away from the crowds for the other side of the lake – but they did notRead More →

The parable in today’s Gospel is about a farmer who sowed good seed into his field. In the darkness of night, an enemy sowed “weeds among the wheat.” (Sowing weeds was a favorite method of revenge. – Darnel is a poisonous weed that in its first stage of growth resemblesRead More →

In 1938 when the Nazis took over Austria, a young Catholic policeman – feared that he would loose his job; so to save his job and get security for himself, he decided to claim that he had been a secret Nazi for years. Forty years later he said: “I wasRead More →

There was a time when the best compliment you could pay to someone was to call him or her a very gentle person.  Today, however, violence is more popular then gentleness. Television, the movies, the communication media, in general, has given violence a top rating because violence is what peopleRead More →

Many people in our nation claim to believe in God. Many would classify themselves as Christians. Before the virus, attendance at weekly church worship is better in America than in many other countries of the world. Yet our religious values do not seem to affect the life of our society.Read 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 →

On the eve of His execution, during His Last Supper with His disciples, Jesus prepared His Apostles for the work they would do after His Passion, Death and Resurrection. He assured them, “I will not leave you orphans.” The word “orphan” brings up images of pain and sorrow as weRead More →

Today, as the Gospel of the Good Shepherd is proclaimed, Jesus reminds the Church that the voice we need to hear, above all the other voices in society – is the voice of the Good Shepherd. Jesus tells us today: “I am the Good Shepherd: I am the sheep gate.”Read More →

Today, we hear the account of two disciples walking along, not in a hurry, not noticing other travelers that passed them by as they made their way along the road to Emmaus. It was the late afternoon of Easter Sunday. The two disciples with heads bowed were deeply engrossed inRead More →