What Evil Can Teach Us

Evil must be overcome, but we must also learn from evil, what evil can teach us. In short, such is the message of this Sunday’s readings. The first reading is a prophetic denunciation, taken from one of the great prophets of what we would call today in favor of “social justice.” This is Amos, a […]

What is God Like?

The gospel reading for today is the entire 15th chapter of Luke’s gospel. It appears to be all about ‘lost property’: the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son. Jesus told these three stories in response to the Pharisees who accused him of consorting with sinners – people who had lost their way. […]

Found by God

The gospel reading for today is the entire 15th chapter of Luke’s gospel. It appears to be all about ‘lost property’: the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son. Jesus told these three stories in response to the Pharisees who accused him of consorting with sinners – people who had lost their way. […]

Renewing Our Discipleship

Peace and all Good! Outside Phoenix, about 30 miles west on Hwy. I-10, you pass a half-built and empty stadium which has never been finished and just sits there empty and crumbling down little by little. I am reminded of the Gospel verse today: “You began to build what you could not finish.” The city […]

The Work of the People

This Labor Day weekend we can reflect on and give thanks for “the work of human hands,” to borrow a phrase from the liturgy. In fact, the word liturgy comes from two ancient words that mean “the work of the people.” Consider the works of the many people that are needed to make the liturgy […]

Dancing through the Narrow Gate

Peace and all Good! When we hear Jesus say today that we must enter heaven through the narrow door, what do we think of? Isn’t it true that when we hear this, we automatically think of penance, sacrifice, and maybe even putting ourselves down? And yes, it is true that we must take up our […]

Christ is the Center

In the Letter to the Hebrews, we are reminded that Christ himself had to suffer, enduring even the shame of the cross. We are urged to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as we run our own race and to let go of sin, which weighs us down. Jesus endured opposition from those who did […]

Prepare for the Master’s Return

In today’s Gospel parable as given to us from St. Luke, the master is away at a wedding feast. In Jesus’ telling of this story, he focuses on those who await the master’s return. They have been instructions and are expected to carry them out. The servants do not know when the master will return. […]

Growing Rich in God

Fool is not a word we are accustomed to hearing Jesus use. Jesus’ use of the word in today’s parable is done to drive home a very important reality. Earthly wealth does not matter to God. What matters is our direction in life. Have we renounced greed? Is our life headed in the direction of […]

Abba! Father!

The Lord’s Prayer, the “Our Father,” has taken on an appropriate prominence in our celebration of Mass. One reason is that thanks to the changes which came with Vatican II, we all may say or sing this prayer! Some of us recall that before the liturgical renewal, only the priest was allowed to say this […]