Two weeks in a row now, the Gospel has ended with this haunting phrase, “Whoever has ears ought to hear.” So what are we supposed to hear? Each of the past two weeks we have heard a long and complicated parable in which our Lord explains what the Kingdom of Heaven is all about. Last […]Read more "God only needs a little seed"
There is a strong focus in the readings today on the living water that Christ wants to give us. It is greater than the water Moses obtains for the Israelites in the desert because this water is Christ Himself. The second part of the Gospel seems, though, to veer off onto another topic when our […]Read more "Worshiping in Spirit and in Truth"
“It has been reported to me about you, my brothers and sisters, … that there are rivalries among you.” In today’s epistle, St. Paul issues a rebuke to the Christians at Corinth. He has heard that there are rivalries and divisions among the Christians. He is probably disappointed. It has not been very long at […]Read more "Unity in the Family"
Over the site of our Lord’s birth, to no one’s surprise, is a church, the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. It is, of course, a beautiful church, with soaring arches and ruts in the stone floor from the countless numbers of pilgrims who have filed through over the centuries to reverence the sacred place […]Read more "True Love is Present Here"
“I ain’t never seen a hearse with a luggage rack.” The words of this country song, even if not expressed with the grammatical cohesion that one could desire for the English language, ring true. Our earthly possessions are good for just that, for our life on earth, and that alone. At the end of our […]Read more "Building Bigger Barns: The dangers of greed"
As we gaze upon the Most Holy Eucharist, the true Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, these words from Our Lord’s last discourse to His Apostles before His Passion in the Gospel according to St. John have a particular significance. When we look upon the Eucharist, exposed in the monstrance under […]Read more "The Eucharist as a sign of God’s Mercy"
We have been reading at Sunday Mass for the past five weeks from the sixth chapter of St. John’s Gospel, our Lord’s famed Bread of Life discourse. It is perhaps the most important chapter in St. John’s account of our Lord’s public ministry, because in it He lays the groundwork for the Church’s faith in […]Read more "Following Jesus by Receiving Him in Holy Communion"