“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"
“Then [Moses] took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, saying, ‘This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words of his.’” This culmination of the story of the ratifying of the covenant between God and the Israelites in the first reading today […]Read more "The Eucharistic Sacrifice"
Who is the Holy Spirit? As we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost today, this is a question that often comes to mind. Sure, we know about the Holy Spirit. We remember Him every time that we make the sign of the cross. But how many of us would feel comfortable explaining Him to others? […]Read more "The Holy Spirit, Our Advocate and Consoler"
“For after his Resurrection, he plainly appeared to all his disciples, and was taken up to heaven in their sight, that he might make us sharers in his divinity.” These words come from today’s Preface, the prayer that the priest recites or sings immediately before we sing the Sanctus, the “Holy, holy, holy.” They contain […]Read more "To Make Man Divine"
My brothers and sisters in Christ, happy Easter! On an occasion like this, there are always so many people to thank: the musicians who have worked so hard to prepare the beautiful music that lifts our spirits to the Lord today, those who decorated the church and those who contributed for the Easter flowers, and […]Read more "He Goes Before You to Galilee"
What does proclaiming Christ crucified have to do with being a joyful disciple? That is the theme that I want to explore today, but first, just a little review of where we have come from so far in our Lenten exploration of discipleship: The first week we explored what it means to be a disciple […]Read more "Foolishness and a Stumbling Block"
St. John the Baptist is the next great protagonist of the Advent season of preparation for Christ that we encounter in today’s Gospel. He is the one who prepared the way for Christ by calling the people of Judea to repentance, the last and the greatest of the prophets, because he pointed out Christ Himself: […]Read more "The Comfort of Repentance"
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"
Brothers and sisters in Christ, God wants to do amazing things in your life! He tells clearly in the Scriptures today: “some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.” God wants each and every one of us to be that rich soil […]Read more "The Freedom that Bears Abundant Fruit"
Our Lord has given us a mandate: what we have heard here, whispered among believers, we are to go out and proclaim on the housetops, to announce to the world. This mandate is not just given to missionaries or priests; it is for everyone. Each one of us, baptized as sons and daughters of God, […]Read more "Proclaim from the Housetops"