It was the Jewish Feast of Pentecost which means the fiftieth day after the feast of Passover. Pentecost was the celebration of the harvest and the celebration of the First Fruits of the land, and the celebration of the Law given by God to Moses at Mt. Sinai. People cameRead More →

One of the most powerful influences on society and on an individual is our past. The power of the past is felt by all of us. The positive and negative experiences from our past influence our lives even at this very moment; they make us who we are today. OurRead More →

Today’s feast brings us to the conclusion of the Christmas cycle. We move from the crib in Bethlehem to the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. Jesus was walking along the shores of the Jordan River. He was looking for His cousin John the Baptizer. John was the one crying outRead More →

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of All Saints – the faithful people who have gone before us into eternal life with the Risen Lord. These people – the saints – were ordinary people who were faithful to God on earth. They did ordinary things in an extraordinary way becauseRead More →

At the heart of  Jesus’ teaching is his command to love. He gave that command at the “Last Supper” with His apostles on the night before He died. He said: “I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you. Live in My love.” This commandRead More →

Today’s Gospel describes a ROYAL WEDDING in which those who were privileged to be invited “ignored” the invitation, or didn’t bother to reply and went about their own concerns. The king became enraged by the arrogance of the guests, punished them, and extended the invitation to others who would welcomeRead More →

On Friday of this week, the Jewish community is celebrating Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year – 5781). Rosh Hashanah is a celebration of forgiveness and new beginning. One of the beautiful traditions on this celebration of Rosh Hashanah is the dipping of apples into honey and then offering theRead More →

On Friday of this coming week, we will remember the tragic events of September 11th nineteen years ago, – that tragic day when our nation was brutally attacked by ruthless terrorists. We recall that day when thousands of innocent people died in New York city, Washington, DC and a fieldRead More →

Today, in the Gospel, we learn of a Canaanite woman – whose religious heritage was very different from that of the Jews – but she too had faith in Jesus. She came to Jesus begging Him to heal her daughter who was “severely possessed by a demon.” As Jesus passedRead More →