December 3, 2017 – First Sunday of Advent

I remember the old house I grew up in.  It had green shag carpet, brown plaid couches, a three bedrooms and big back yard.  I remember the plastic shelves filled with toys in my bedroom, which I shared with my brother.  The bedroom—not always the toys.  I remember the wooden clock on the wall in […]

November 5, 2017 – 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

Practice what you preach.  It’s one of those Biblical phrases that has worked its way into our language and culture, and we repeat it, whether or not we realize where it came from.  Although it’s a slight reworking of Jesus’ exact words, it’s undeniable that the phrase comes from this gospel that we have just […]

November 1, 2017 – Solemnity of All Saints

Today the Universal Church celebrates the feast of All Saints.  Many saints are known to us by name.  These men and women are examples of a holy life, and they are worth imitating in our own lives as Christians.  Many of them have their own special feast day, which we celebrate throughout the year.  But […]

October 8, 2017 – 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

We are nearing the end of harvest time, and it’s very fitting that, for the past several weeks, the Church’s cycle of readings has given us several parables about harvesting.  We have been hearing parables about workers in a vineyard quibbling over their pay.  We have heard about two sons, one who says he will […]