Military Appreciation & More

Our Gospel today tells the story of Zacchaeus, the tax collector turned saint! In Jesus’ day tax collectors were a despised lot. They worked for the Romans, the Gentile power who ruled their land. Tax collectors would supplement their income with a surcharge. This despised man was so eager to see Jesus that he climbed […]

God Can Make Us Whole Again

Today’s Gospel reading is the account of the Pharisee and the tax collector who both go up to the temple to pray. The difference in their prayer is striking. Reread this passage and note the difference not only in their words but in their attitudes. The prayer of the tax collector is every believer’s prayer: […]

The Widow and the Judge

The Gospel parable about the widow’s persistence in petitioning the judge is directed toward changing his mind so that he will act and render a just decision. Our prayer is not about changing God’s mind, however. Rather our persistent prayer is about a faithful relationship to God that “expands us and our expectations of how […]

Lord, Increase Our Faith

Today’s Gospel contains two rather independent sayings or teachings. The first begins with a request or prayer: “Increase our faith.” Jesus’ response points out the strength and power of even a little faith in the parable of the mustard seed growing into a big bush. The second part of the Gospel is the parable of […]

Lazarus is at Your Door

Today’s second reading invites us to lead “a life of righteousness, piety, faith, love, patience, and meekness”, on the other hand, both the first reading and the Gospel offers us the total contrast: people accustomed to party, to enjoying life with passion and impulse, with no other reference than his/her appetite for new and more […]

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 […]