Christians Need to Keep Hope Healthy

Oct 22, 2017: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 Psalms 96:1, 3-5, 7-10 First Thessalonians 1:1-5 Matthew 22:15-21 _____________________________________________________________________ At the beginning of this Letter to the Christians in Thessalonica, a city in northern Greece (modern-day Macedonia), Paul uses a very interesting and very important phrase. He praises the Thessalonians for their “endurance […]

This Is One Party You Don’t Want To Miss

Oct 15, 2017: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 25:6-10 Psalms 23:1-6 Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 Matthew 22:1-14 ______________________________________________________________________ Today’s readings remind us that Heaven awaits us as a party, not a chore. Everybody has to prepare for the party if they don’t want to miss out on the fun. In today’s First Reading Isaiah describes […]

Sin Matters

Oct 8, 2017: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalms 80:9, 12-16 Philippians 4:6-9 Matthew 21:33-43 ______________________________________________________________________ Because we live in a fallen world, we get used to sin. We get so used to sin, in fact, that we can easily forget just how evil and destructive it is. Sin is rebellion against God, […]

Hypocrisy Causes Spiritual Blindness

Oct 1, 2017: Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Ezekiel 18:25-28 Psalms 25:4-9 Philippians 2:1-11 Matthew 21:28-32 ______________________________________________________________________ Jesus speaks this parable towards the very end of His life. He is in Jerusalem the week before His crucifixion. He spends His nights outside the city with His disciples and His days inside the Temple, debating with […]

Interior Peace Comes from Seeking the Glory of God, not of Self

Sep 24, 2017: 25th Sunday in OT Isaiah 55:6-9 Psalms 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18 Philippians 1:20-24, 27 Matthew 20:1-16 ______________________________________________________________________ “The last will be first, and the first will be last.” This is a warning. Christ tells this parable right after Peter asked Him what the twelve Apostles will get in return for having given up […]

The Papacy Was Christ’s Idea

Aug 27, 2017: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 22:15, 19-23 Psalms 138:1-3, 6, 8 Romans 11:33-36 Matthew 16:13-20 ______________________________________________________________________ St Catherine of Siena called the pope “my sweet Christ on earth.” Saint Augustine wrote that, “Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia,” or “Wherever Peter [the papacy] is, there the Church is.” Indeed, it is impossible to […]

How to Move God’s Heart

Aug 20, 2017: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 Matthew 15:21-28 ______________________________________________________________________ We can move the heart of God, because God is a person, not a force. This Christian truth shines through in today’s Gospel. Jesus Christ had a particular mission to accomplish during His […]

Only Christ Can Save Us from Life’s Storms

Aug 13, 2017: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time First Kings 19:9, 11-13 Psalms 85:9-14 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33 ______________________________________________________________________ In today’s Gospel, Peter shows both his rashness and his fickleness — two characteristics that makes it easy for me to relate to him. It’s around 3 o’clock in the morning as the Apostles battle against […]

A Glimpse of Glory

Aug 6, 2017: Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9 2 Peter 1:16-19 Matthew 17:1-9 ______________________________________________________________________ Today we celebrate Our Lord’s transfiguration, the moment where Jesus Christ gave His closest disciples a glimpse of His divinity and glory to help them for the ordeals of His Passion that […]

The Wisdom of the Kingdom of Heaven

Jul 30, 2017: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time First Kings 3:5, 7-12 Psalms 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-12 Romans 8:28-30 Matthew 13:44-52 ______________________________________________________________________ Modern society often looks for solutions, but in many times it has stopped seeking wisdom. Today’s readings remind us that the just and wise society that we seek will take shape to the […]