|Our King speaks peace|
July 6, 2014|
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Each year, on the Sunday closest to the Fourth of July thousands of Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians, Eritreans, Filipinos, Koreans, Latinos, Poles, Croats and Russians gather at the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows (The Grotto) for the annual Freedom Mass. This celebration reminds those of us who so easily take our freedom for granted about the real meaning of this holiday.
|Who Do You Say that I Am?|
Sunday, June 29, 2014 |
Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
Whether we like to admit it or not, most of us are at least somewhat concerned about the opinions of others. How much we care about their opinions has more to do with our relationship with them than with the status of the individuals themselves. Only those who truly know us have valid opinions and those who know us best have the truest opinions.
Sunday, June 22, 2014|
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Everyone in my family is a story teller. For years and years, we lived the same stories. Oddly enough, the stories change in our telling. Part of that is, of course, that we see events through the prism of our own experience. The other part is that we edit our memories in keeping with our imagination. I suspect that is the reason that some of us have better memories than others. We have better imaginations.
|In the Name of the Trinity|
June 15, 2014|
The Most Holy Trinity
Each day, we are reminded that none of us lives alone. Our very being is dependent upon our relationship with others. We need one another. As infants, we count on that relationship for food, shelter, and cuddles. As we mature, we need others for intellectual development, ideas, and insight. More importantly, we need each other for the development of our interpersonal lives and our values. All of life is relationship. Today’s liturgy reminds us of the perfect relationship—the Trinity. Our celebration challenges us to live in this relationship.
|Is editing our own DNA morally acceptable?|
PHILADELPHIA — A number of serious diseases exist because of defects or mutations in our DNA. Curing such diseases could in principle be carried out by rewriting the DNA to fix the mutated base pairs. Yet until recently scientists have remained stymied in their attempts to directly modify genes in a living animal.|
|'How does each of us hear in our own language?'|
Sunday, June 8, 2014|
Today, throughout the world, people gather in the name of the Lord to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. The readings for the day are rich in meaning and in nuance. “How does each of us hear them in his native language?” The rich meaning of this single sentence has been probed by Scripture scholars, theologians and even religious educators throughout the ages. God truly wanted communication to have a spiritual aspect to it.
|Go and Proclaim the Gospel|
June 1, 2014 |
The Ascension of the Lord
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples what their own mission is all about. “Go into the whole world,” he says, “and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” Think for a moment about how the apostles must have felt. Surely the task was daunting. Jesus’ words are no less challenging when we hear them now.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
|We are not orphans|
May 25, 2014 |
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Jesus had a central place in the life of his followers. They had become accustomed to having him take care of their needs and their wants. Most important, he was there for them. Only slowly did the realization of what the future would bring begin to take hold.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
|To see Christ is to see the Father|
May 18, 2014|
Fifth Sunday of Easter
As a youngster I thought that priests and sisters were supposed to be holy and that the rest of us only needed to be good. I thought I knew the difference between those two characteristics. Over the years, it has become more clear that all of us are called to be holy. As church became Church — not a place, but a people — our tasks in this Church became less clear.
|Our shepherd and sheepgate
Sunday, May 11, 2014|
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Today’s Gospel tells us that Jesus is both the Sheepgate and Good Shepherd. Our familiarity with today’s Psalm makes the notion of the Good Shepherd a comforting thought. Jesus is the one who will seek us out if we are lost, who will provide an eternal home for us and an everlasting banquet.
|We Will Know Him in the Breaking of the Bread|
May 4, 2014
Third Sunday of Easter
When someone we love dies, the custom in our family has always been a two day wake. This is a time when we gather to tell stories about the one who has died. We come to console and to be consoled. We remember the good times and we recall the hard times. For those few days, we slowly come to realize what we have lost and to admit that the place where that person once stood is now empty.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
|He is present and among us|
April 27, 2014 |
Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy)
There are times when even the most faithful person feels like the Thomas of today’s Gospel. For the most part, we tend to think that Thomas failed to trust Jesus but I suspect that was only partially true. Thomas was not with the other disciples when Jesus appeared to them. When they talked about the Lord’s appearance, Thomas did not believe them. I suspect that part of Thomas’ lack of faith was about his relationship with the disciples.
|We have stories to tell|
Sunday, April 20, 2014|
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Today we celebrate the “aha” moment of our faith. This is the most important celebration of the liturgical year. In a very real sense, we celebrate it every day and we think of it whenever we contemplate the meaning of our lives.
|In the desert or on the mountain, see only him|
March 16, 2014 |
Second Sunday of Lent
Growing up Catholic, I took my faith for granted. I learned the tenets of the Catholic faith and professed the Creed at an early age. In retrospect, I realize that what my head knew when I was young my heart had not yet realized. All that has changed. Even though I cannot point to a specific moment of conversion, I think I know what it means to say “Jesus is Lord.”
Thursday, March 13, 2014
|We move toward the resurrection|
Sunday, March 9, 2014|
First Sunday of Lent
Most of us move from day to day making small decisions out of a value system that we seldom examine. During Lent, we are asked to look at our lives again. We are asked to discover the temptations that we face and to consider our response in light of the great commandment.
Thursday, March 6, 2014