July 29, 2018 – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Here in the Catholic Church, we like to celebrate anniversaries—wedding anniversaries, ordination anniversaries, birthdays, dedication days of churches, and all the perennial saint days.  And sometimes we also celebrate the anniversaries of documents.  That’s right, even paperwork has a birthday party.  Now, admit it, this is not the strangest thing we Catholics do.  You can […]

June 10, 2018 – Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

    In our second reading today, St. Paul breaks into perhaps his most sublime enunciation of the human condition and the glory for which we are destined.  He says that our momentary afflictions are producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.  So, in order to expound on this idea, I will be […]

    May 20, 2018 – Pentecost Sunday

    Forty days and ten have passed since we gathered to celebrate the central mystery of our faith—the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Today, on the Solemnity of Pentecost, we arrive at the culmination of Easter, when the Church is confirmed, that is, strengthened by the gift of the Holy Spirit. Today, using our imaginations, we dare […]

    May 6, 2018 – Sixth Sunday of Easter (B)

    Is God really present and active in the world?  It’s a question that lies on the minds of so many people today.  And I think that the answer is a resounding, unquestionable YES.  But it all depends on our understanding of who God is.  We have the key in our readings today. “Whoever is without […]

    April 29, 2018 – Fifth Sunday of Easter (B)

    The process of growing grapes is very finicky and precise, and, in many ways, it is counterintuitive.  Whereas, for just about any cash crop, one needs to find fertile soil, give the plants plentiful water, rotate the crops, and begin each season by planting new seed,by contrast, with grapes, it’s different.  The best soil for […]