Second Sunday of Advent

Each day of Advent, Our Lord offers us priceless help in our daily Mass readings. Here is a reflection on this past Tuesday’s Gospel reading from Luke 10: 21-24, in which we read St. Luke’s account of when Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, …

Opening the Door for Christ this Advent

On this first Sunday of Advent, we begin a new liturgical year.  The first thing we notice, is that Jesus comes to us in the Gospel today and speaks to us very clearly using two sets of verbs. The first one has to do with our alertness. “Wake up!” he …

Feast of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Come, Lord Jesus! Turning towards the Lord in the rapidly-approaching Season of Advent, the Church extorts us to prepare the way for the Lord’s coming. For many months earlier this year, I published various articles in the parish bulletin, on some history and catechesis regarding the Mass and how Holy …

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Once again, Our Lord offers us, each day of the week, priceless help in our daily Mass readings. Here is a reflection on this past Thursday’s Gospel reading from Luke 12:49–53, in which we read St. Luke’s account of when Our Lord expressed his ardent desire to “set the earth …

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Here is a reflection on this past Tuesday’s Gospel reading from Luke 11:37–41, in which we read St. Luke’s account of Our Lord’s visit to a Pharisee’s house. The Mosaic Law was intended to free them for worship, delivering them from slavery to pagan gods and from slavery to sin. When …

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Sunday’s Gospel on the stewards of the vineyard has many applications. I’d like to share some that came to me upon more prolonged reflection. A deeper application I’d like to focus on is whether we look at ourselves as stewards or owners of the vineyard. Do we think that …