Jesus said,“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside,but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth.Even so, on the outside you appear righteous,but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and evildoing. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.You build […]
Dear Holy People of God, In today’s Gospel, Matthew 14:22-33, the Lord encounters us in an emotion that is much more commonplace: fear. Many things can cause us to be afraid: the fear of the unknown, the fear of tomorrow, the fear that things might not go as I hope, the fear of newness, the […]
There are four major basilicas in Rome. One of them is that of St. Mary Major. It was dedicated in August of 431 AD. And it would seem odd that of all the churches, I do not think we celebrate the dedication of St. Peters or St. Paul, but we celebrate this one. And the […]
Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Maryto comfort them about their brother [Lazarus, who had died].When Martha heard that Jesus was coming,she went to meet him;but Mary sat at home.Martha said to Jesus,“Lord, if you had been here,my brother would not have died.But even now I know that whatever you ask of […]
Have you ever thought that these four soil are four aspects of your own life? If you look at the Lord’s explanation of the soil, it becomes possible to personalize the four soils.
There’s so much good that America does in the world, and its important to say that, and remind ourselves of that. And at the same time, there’s too much to be done, and that is why we go to Jesus with all that weighs us down.
In a certain sense we are all leaders. We have leadership in the church, in society. Political leadership. Society leadership at different levels. Today’s liturgy is the opportunity to learn from the style of leadership of Jesus. The contrast is very stark. The sheep represent dependency, absolute vulnerability. The sheep are the ones that cannot […]
We embark on the journey to Emmaus which is the journey to nowhere. But it is precisely at that point when we are sinking, when nowhere is better than this place, the point of going to nowhere, that the Risen Lord enters the story.
This second Sunday of Easter has matured in our spiritual consciousness as Divine Mercy Sunday. In the second reading of this liturgy, St. Peter praises God, who has given us, thanks to His mercy, a new birth. God’s mercy is a birthing process. It’s like a mother bringing forth a new baby. When Peter writes […]