Third Sunday of Easter

What We Learn from the Risen Jesus at Breakfast Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances all had a purpose: to strengthen the disciples and apostles in the reality of the Resurrection so as to help them to become living signs of the Resurrection — of the mercy, joy and life associated with it …

Second Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday

This weekend we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.  Today this Gospel takes us back, first of all, to Easter Sunday itself.  Saint John says: “On the evening of that first day of the week”—the first Easter Sunday—“when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus …

Resurrection Sunday

My dearest brothers and sisters, I hope and pray all of you have a Happy and Blessed Easter! Think about it: today we consider the mystery at the heart of the Christian faith. It is simple but extraordinary and powerful. It was so mind-blowing that even the disciples and the …

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Here is a great reflection on how to “Serve Christ in the poor,” by Saint Gregory of Nazianzen, bishop from Saturday’s (March 10, 2018) Office of Readings. “Blessed are the merciful, because they shall obtain mercy, says the Scripture. Mercy is not the least of the beatitudes. Again: Blessed is …

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Here is another reflection from our Lenten Daily Readings from Saturday of the 3rd Week of Lent from the books: Hosea 6:1-6; Luke 18:9-14 Today, Hosea stresses the importance of sincere religious service to God. The piety of the people of God has been like the dew which so quickly …

Third Sunday of Lent

Here is some food for thought during our Lenten journey this 2nd Week of Lent, from the Thursday Reading at daily Mass. The readings and the psalm of today’s Mass describe “two ways.”   The first reading and the Responsorial Psalm have a vivid picture of a desert and a well-watered place.  …

Second Sunday of Lent

Here is a reflection coming from the Gospel of St. Matthew 6: 7-15 from Tuesday of the 1st Week of Lent.  The topic is on: Jesus teaches us how to pray. Some people like to talk. They demand to be listened to, but they don’t have the same interest in …

First Sunday of Lent

As we begin the Lenten season, we are reminded of the need to make reparation for our sins and be reconciled with God. Any attempt to build a spiritual life that neglects the pillars of prayer, fasting and almsgiving is building on sand. Prayer purifies our intentions and relates all …

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

I’d like to share a wonderful reflection I gave this past Wednesday at the Noon Mass from the Gospel of Mark 7:14-23. We just read: “Nothing that goes into a man from the outside can make him unclean.” “The Kingdom of God,” as Christ tells us in the Gospel, “is …

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Preparing for this week’s Sunday homily, I discovered this beautiful thought from a great Saint, I’d like to share with you which sheds light on why a person should come to Mass. St. Bernardine of Siena, a great 15th century Franciscan preacher, was once asked a very interesting hypothetical by …