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

The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ: June 14, 2020 Homily #1

Delivered at St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church, Antioch, California Today, I am going to talk about Racism and the Body and Blood of Jesus.  The Body, the Latin word, “Corpus” has also become an English word that signifies a large collection of ideas and writings. You have just heard St. Paul’s words: “The breadContinue reading The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ: June 14, 2020 Homily #1

Pentecost Sunday May 31, 2020

Today, we cannot hide behind red vestments and hanging doves and so called, “Coming of the Holy Spirit” if our lives are not filled with the goodness, the love and the justice of a Holy Spirit. For centuries, we have waved the flags of Pentecost each year, whoopee for the Holy Spirit, but then continueContinue reading “Pentecost Sunday May 31, 2020”

Good Shepherd Sunday: IV Easter May 3, 2020

Jesus presents himself to us today as someone who wants to help us put our “lives back together” and to show us that there is a simple way to live a “more abundant life.”  The secret is not in things, or work, but in love and being a personal resource to help each other toContinue reading “Good Shepherd Sunday: IV Easter May 3, 2020”

Third Sunday of Easter, April 26, 2020

What are you discussing as you walk along? This is the question that Luke asks in today’s gospel. (Luke 24:13-35) Whoever the two were, they were escaping Jerusalem for a safer town.  They feared, as the disciples who locked themselves inside, in Jerusalem, that they were closer to being caught.  So they escaped.  They wereContinue reading “Third Sunday of Easter, April 26, 2020”

II Sunday Easter April 19, 2020

So where are we today– almost at a Peak, levelling out, descending the peak?  The Trumpists declare the virus’ defeat.  They want their freedom back.  “Liberate Michigan.” Andrew Cuomo declared Saturday morning that he has never seen the emotions of Americans running so high: anxious, frustrated, angry, distressed, depressed. These were also the emotions ofContinue reading “II Sunday Easter April 19, 2020”

A Thoughtful Article

It is important to read substantive and thoughtful articles exploring the deeper meanings and significance of what is happening in our world of the Pandemic. I recommend this article, “Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting” by Julio Vincent Gambuto published on Forge/ on April 10, 2020. –Fr. Richard Mangini Sandra’s note: Also, here is someContinue reading “A Thoughtful Article”

Good Friday – A Celebration of Life 4/10/20

In many ways, Good Friday feels like we are coming to a funeral, to a memorial service for a man who died over 2,000 years ago, but actually we are coming to do what many families want to do today, rather than celebrate a funeral, to do a celebration of life. One insight is absolutelyContinue reading “Good Friday – A Celebration of Life 4/10/20”