“Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.” Before a priest is ordained, the Church requires that he make a week-long, silent retreat. When I was getting ready to make mine, my spiritual director instructed me to spend the week meditating on […]Read more "The Priesthood of Christ"
How do the Apostles miss it? Maybe you have had one of those moments where someone really important to you was with you in a really important moment, but they were not paying attention. My mother still gives my father a hard time about how he was distracted by an IU basketball game while their […]Read more "Not Being Afraid to Ask Why"
“From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.” Our Lord confronts today a group of religious leaders, the Pharisees, who have a serious problem. On the outside, they look great. They follow all […]Read more "Religion That is Pure and Undefiled Before God"
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Last Sunday’s sermon (https://fathergregerson.com/2018/08/19/a-purified-priesthood/) was unquestionably the most difficult one I have ever given, but unsurprisingly the most rewarding as well. I have been overwhelmed by the messages of thankfulness that I have received – many from people here at St. John’s, but many also from people around the […]Read more "Thoughts on Last Sunday’s Sermon"
“Watch carefully how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise, making the most of the opportunity, because the days are evil.” Over the past few weeks, we have been reading at Mass from the Bread of Life discourse, this beautiful passage from St. John’s Gospel where our Lord explains to us the mystery […]Read more "A Purified Priesthood"
“This is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die.” So often we can just gloss over our Lord’s words because we have become accustomed to hearing them. We lose sight of the incredibly surprising nature of our Lord’s promises. He tells us today that if we […]Read more "So You May Eat It and not Die"
“Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” As Catholics, when our Lord speaks about the food that He will give us that endures for eternal life, our minds should go directly to the Eucharist. However, we could be […]Read more "Working for the Food of Eternal Life"