God’s Grace Can Change the Hardest of Hearts

Jan 21, 2018: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Psalms 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 First Corinthians 7:29-31 Mark 1:14-20 ____________________________________________________________________ The dramatic encounter between Jesus Christ and His first Apostles in today’s Gospel shows us the power of God’s Word: it changed the direction of our lives completely. Later this week, the Church will […]

Seeing the Signs

Jan 7, 2018: Christmastide — the Epiphany of the Lord Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalms 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13 Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6 Matthew 2:1-12 _____________________________________________________________________ In today’s liturgy, the Three Magi come from afar bearing gifts because they see the signs in the stars that a great king has just been born, great enough to warrant leaving their […]

Christian Obedience Is a Virtue

Dec 31, 2017: Feast of the Holy Family Gn 15:1-6; 21:1-3 Ps 105:1-9 Heb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19 Lk 2:22-40 ____________________________________________________________________ Christian Obedience Is a Virtue. We all like to give orders, but obeying orders is another story. Ever since that conversation in the Garden of Eden when the Devil made Eve think that disobedience was […]

Rejoice, the Messiah is Already Here

Dec 17, 2017: 3rd Sunday of Advent Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11 Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54 First Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 _____________________________________________________________________ This Sunday is also called Gaudete Sunday (from the first Latin word of its entrance antiphon: Gaudete—Rejoice) and includes the first Glory to God we’ve prayed or sung on a Sunday since Advent began. […]

God Never Forgets about Us

Dec 10, 2017: 2nd Sunday of Advent Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 Psalms 85:9-14 Second Peter 3:8-14 Mark 1:1-8 ______________________________________________________________________ All of us have experienced pessimistic moments. Sometimes we experience pessimism because no matter what we do we can’t seem to avoid suffering; painful things just keep happening to us and those we love. Sometimes we experience […]

Setting the Tone for Advent

Dec 3, 2017: 1st Sunday of Advent Isaiah 63:16-17, 19 Psalms 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 First Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:33-37 _____________________________________________________________________ Today we reset the narrative that we follow throughout the liturgical year and begin the first liturgical season of a new liturgical year: Advent. Today’s readings help us to set the right tone for this […]

Christ Claims to be the Lord of History

Nov 26, 2017: Solemnity of Christ the King (A) Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 Psalms 23:1-6 First Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 Matthew 25:31-46 _____________________________________________________________________ Jesus Christ makes an unambiguous claim to universal authority. He does not say He is one wise man among many, one philosopher among many, or one prophet among many. He tells us that all […]

Respect for the Lord Makes Us Want to Bear Fruit for Him

Nov 19, 2017: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 First Thessalonians 5:1-6 Matthew 25:14-30 ______________________________________________________________________ A recurring theme in all of today’s readings is the importance of a healthy respect for the Lord. In Biblical language this is usually referred to as “the fear of the Lord,” but […]

We Don’t Know WHEN Christ Will Come Again, but We Do Know THAT He Will Come Again

Nov 12, 2017: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Wisdom 6:12-16 Psalms 63:2-8 First Thessalonians 4:13-17 Matthew 25:1-13 __________________________________________________________________ This is how Jesus Christ sums up the meaning of His parable: “Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” It’s so easy to forget this. We go on living as if we […]

The Message is What Matters, Not Prestige

Nov 5, 2017: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Malachi 1:14–2:2, 8-10 Psalms 131:1, 2, 3 First Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13 Matthew 23:1-12 _________________________________________________________ In today’s readings, we’re reminded that our receptivity to a message should not be determined by our esteem or scorn for the messenger, but by whether that message is true. When we are […]