It’s Not Too Late!

In today’s Gospel, people come to Jesus with a question about the Galileans killed by Pilate and eighteen citizens killed by a falling tower. They ask if their deaths were punishment for their sins. No, says, Jesus, they did not die because of their sinfulness any more than we live because of our righteousness. Then, […]

A Glimpse of the Resurrection

Traditionally on this Second Sunday of Lent, we hear the story of the transfiguration of Jesus atop a high mountain. In Luke’s version this year, this miraculous event is tied to the Resurrection. The Transfiguration gives us a glimpse of the Resurrection and a taste of the glory which is to be found on the […]

Repent! And Believe the Gospel!

Jesus began his public ministry with the words “Repent, and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15) Since that time the Church has never failed to call people from sin to conversion and through the celebration of Penance to show the victory of Christ over sin. During Lent the whole Church responds to the call of the […]

The Season of Lent is at Hand!

This last Sunday in the winter section of Ordinary Time means that the Season of Lent is at hand! This week, we begin this holy season on Ash Wednesday. Today will be the last Sunday we will hear the Alleluia until Easter time and except for the Feasts of St. Joseph on March 19th and […]

Remember the Golden Rule

Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain continues today as he teaches his disciples to love their enemies and bless those who curse them. His wisdom turns the way the disciples are used to relating to people upside down. In conveying his wisdom, Jesus attempts to distinguish what is required of his followers from the way sinners […]

Level Ground With the People

Today’s Gospel is taken from the first portion of Luke’s Sermon on the Plain in chapter 6. This is similar teaching to St. Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount. One difference is the geography: Matthew sets the sermon on a mountain to portray that Jesus is the new Moses; Luke sets the sermon on the plain—the […]

Generosity & Gala

Each year we are invited to participate in our Annual Catholic Appeal, which is an opportunity for all of us to support essential ministries and services which benefit many in our Local Church. The theme of this year’s appeal, Responding to God’s Grace, calls to mind what we experience in giving as well as what […]

A Great Prophet Was In Their Midst

“At first the people were in seventh heaven. A great prophet was in their midst, and he was one of their own! It made them proud. But then Jesus accused them of vanity and reminded them that prophets often had to take their gifts outside the community to be heard. These words angered the crowd. […]

Welcome and Good-Bye

As we come together for worship on this Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, I would like to share with you a reflection by Alice Camille in her book “God’s Word is Alive!” Reflecting on the Gospel of Luke for today’s Mass, she says: “Jesus surrounds himself with no air of mystery in Luke’s story. He […]

Mirror of the Love of God

Today’s Gospel story of Jesus changing water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana is the third revelation of Jesus and what he has been sent to accomplish.  At Christmas, we celebrate the Incarnation—God is revealed in human flesh.  At the Epiphany, Jesus is shown as the light of for all nations—represented by the […]