September 20, 2020: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Let’s go back to our childhood catechism classes.  What are the 7 capital sins? List: Pride, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Anger, Envy Today’s gospel talks about Envy, a deep sadness that we experience when we want to be or to have what someone else is or has (seemingly)…  The possessions, the happiness, talents or abilitiesContinue reading September 20, 2020: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: September 6, 2020

What is this binding and loosing all about? Today’s gospel passage as well as the entire Chapter 18 of Matthew’s gospel is about a new community of Jesus’ followers, in mid to late first century trying to establish some rules for good order and for reconciliation among themselves. We’re not talking about a 21st centuryContinue reading “23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: September 6, 2020”

21st Sunday – August 23, 2020

Today we stand between two political conventions, and I am sure that both candidates would like to know what voters know and think about themselves. Even Jesus was curious about what people thought about his message, what they thought of him, what kind of a following that he had. I am sure that you wouldContinue reading “21st Sunday – August 23, 2020”

The Novena for Mary Undoer of Knots to End Racism

Holy Mary, full of the presence of God, during your life you accepted with great humility the holy will of the father and the legacy of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, and evil never dared entangle you with its confusion.  Since then you have interceded for all of our difficulties as you did atContinue reading “The Novena for Mary Undoer of Knots to End Racism”

August 9, 2020

19th Sunday of Ordinary Time Today, I want to speak about “Nevertheless Faith.”  It is Fr. Jude Siciliano, the Dominican retreat master and Sr. Patty Bruno, both of them you know, as they have come here to St. Ignatius, that coined this expression. “Nevertheless Faith” – what does it describe?  “In spite of whatever –Continue reading “August 9, 2020”

July 19, 2020: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:24-43 In one sense, we do not believe in God.  Well, we can, but what do we believe?  God is more than an ideal or an idea. When we profess the words of the Nicene Creed, what are we saying that we believe?  Does what we say speak to our heart?  HowContinue reading July 19, 2020: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 12, 2020: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today, and for the next two Sundays, we are going to listen to Jesus’ most famous parable– the parable of “The Sower.” A parable is a figure of speech.  So while Jesus talks about a seed, what He hopes that we understand is something more about the presence of His Father in our lives —Continue reading July 12, 2020: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Corpus Christi – June 14, 2020

There is a scene in the gospel a few days before Jesus is executed where he prays and weeps over the city of Jerusalem.  He weeps because the Temple leadership and many people did not recognize what He called “the hour of their visitation” and the grace of God’s presence that He was offering toContinue reading Corpus Christi – June 14, 2020