Holiness is Not Superficial

Jul 23, 2017: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 Psalms 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16 Romans 8:26-27 Matthew 13:24-43 _______________________________________________________________________ In today’s Gospel Our Lord teaches us that evil will be present in the world until the last days of Judgment when the fruits of all are measured. Evil festers in hearts; it is not […]

Good Soil, Good Harvest

Jul 16, 2017: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 55:10-11 Psalms 65:10-14 Romans 8:18-23 Matthew 13:1-23 _______________________________________________________________________ Today’s readings remind us that the soul, like soil, must be good if we expect good things to grow from it. In today’s First Reading, we are taught that God’s Word comes down like the rain to nourish […]

Christ Brings Peace

July 9, 2017: 14th Sunday in OT Zechariah 9:9-10 Psalms 145:1-2, 8-11, 13 Romans 8:9, 11-13 Matthew 11:25-30 _____________________________________________________________________ There are two kinds of leaders in the world. There are those who use other people to get what they want. As well as those who sacrifice themselves to bring prosperity to others. Jesus is the […]

Following the Fifth Precept of the Church

Jul 2, 2017: 13th Sunday in OT 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16 Psalms 89:2-3, 16-19 Romans 6:3-4, 8-11 Matthew 10:37-42 ______________________________________________________________________ The Church is a good Mother, a spiritual mother. As such, she watches over our spiritual health. One way she does this is by creating family rules – rules that everyone in the family of […]

God’s Providence Is Real

Jun 25, 2017: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeremiah 20:10-13 Psalms 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35 Romans 5:12-15 Matthew 10:26-33 ______________________________________________________________________ God hears the cry of the poor! That is what today’s Psalm tells us. The First Reading says the same thing: “Praise the Lord, for he has rescued the life of the poor from the […]

God is Active in the World

Jun 24, 2017: Nativity of St. John the Baptist Isaiah 49:1—6 Psalms 139:1—3, 13—15 Acts 13:22—26 Luke 1:57—66, 80 _______________________________________________________________________ The birth of St John the Baptist reminds us that God is active in this world. Two thousand years after His covenant with Abraham, God sends St John the Baptist, the last and greatest prophet, […]

The Bread of Life and Cup of Eternal Salvation

Jun 18, 2017: Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16 Psalms 147:12-15, 19-20 First Corinthians 10:16-17 John 6:51-58 ______________________________________________________________________ Today we celebrate the gift of the Eucharist, the Body, and Blood of Our Lord. We partake of him every time we received Holy Communion, and in the Eucharist, Our Lord sacramentally […]

God is Always With Us

Jun 11, 2017: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9 Daniel 3:52-56 Second Corinthians 13:11-13 John 3:16-18 _____________________________________________________________________ Easter ended last Sunday with Pentecost, and this week we have returned to Ordinary time. Today we begin these first few Ordinary days by going back to the beginning when everything created started, even history […]

Receive the Holy Spirit

Jun 4, 2017: Pentecost Acts 2:1-11 Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34 First Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23 ____________________________________________________________________ Today the Easter season concludes with Pentecost Sunday. On this day, we commemorate that day in the budding Church when the Father and the Son poured out the Holy Spirit in a special way on the Apostles. […]

Only the Christian Is Never Alone

May 28, 2017: Ascension of the Lord Acts 1:1-11 Psalms 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 Ephesians 1:17-23 Matthew 28:16-20 ____________________________________________________________________ Today we do a strange thing. Today we celebrate our Savior’s departure from earth. He became man and was born on Christmas. For thirty years, He lived a hidden life in Nazareth, sharing the mundane struggles experienced […]