“Neither Do I Condemn You…” – Jesus

Peace and all Good! In this famous scene from John’s Gospel today, a woman caught in adultery is dragged to Jesus. The Pharisees were not interested in Jesus’ great learning! They wanted him to come down for or against the law, either way trapping him by his response. If Jesus chose the law, the memory […]

…When it comes to mercy and compassion, God spares no expense

Peace and all Good! For Luke, God’s reconciling love is the core of Jesus’ teaching. Indeed, St. Luke’s Gospel is called the Gospel of Mercy. Today’s Gospel features the most beautiful story in the Scriptures: The Prodigal Son. After the son takes his portion of his father’s inheritance, he goes off to a far away […]

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. […]