Today in the liturgy, we are introduced to the first book of the bible – the Book of Genesis. The sacred author of the book is trying to understand all of the evil and suffering in the world. In his meditations and reflections, he is inspired by God to writeRead More →

It was the Jewish Feast of Pentecost one of three pilgrimages” feasts that brought many people to Jerusalem. Pentecost was the celebration of the First Fruits of Harvest and the celebration of the Commandments given by God to Moses at Mt. Sinai. The Apostles and about 120 disciples were inRead More →

The days spent with Jesus after He rose from the dead must have passed quickly for His disciples. How amazed 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 and returning to HisRead More →

During the Second World War while the Nazis occupied Rome, there was an Irish Monsignor by the name of Hugh O’Flerity who worked in the Vatican’s Diplomatic Corp. He spent most his time and talents smuggling thousands of Jews and Allied prisoners out of the Nazi occupied territories of Italy.Read 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 who lays down My lifeRead More →

Today the Gospel of Luke brings us back to the upper room on Easter Sunday night where Jesus suddenly appears to the Apostles and to the two Disciples who saw Him on the road to Emmaus. The Apostles, like the two Disciples on the road to Emmaus had been experiencingRead More →

The reading from the Acts of the Apostles today describes a peaceful, idyllic community of believers who were of “one heart and one mind”. Life in the early Church was characterized by a close community life so that belief in Jesus and membership in the Church was possible only inRead More →

Today the Catholic 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 of “God’s love and our ingratitude”. The first reading describes the destruction of Jerusalem in 587BCRead More →

Today in the Gospel, Jesus was approached by a leper who firmly believed that Jesus would heal him. The leper had been isolated andrejected and despised by society. He had been declared “unclean” by a priest. He was forced to live apart from the rest of the community in horribleRead More →

As the Gospel opens today, Jesus had only three days before His death. He was speaking one or two days after His triumphal entrance into the Holy City of Jerusalem on Psalm Sunday. A large crowd of people – estimated to be at least twenty – five thousand – JewsRead More →