A southern farmer was called by God to speak a prophetic message to the crooked merchants of Israel who “trample on the needy and destroy the poor of the land”. We heard that message last Weekend. Today Amos is back, blasting the insensitive affluent people of Israel. He stood onRead More →

Archbishop Oscar Romero was murdered in El Salvador by the Sandinista government because he spoke out against the abuses of the poor by government soldiers. Three bishops – Bishop Romjah, Bishop Goiditch and Bishop Hopko were murdered by a decree of Russian President Niketa Kruchiev because they refused to denyRead More →

CYCLE C In the pledge of allegiance to the flag of our nation, we claim to be “a nation under God”; yet it would seem that the light of Christ has not been kept burning brightly by the majority of the people and leaders of our nation. The sorry factRead More →

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 →