2nd Anniversary of Fr. Mat’s Death

28th Sunday October 10, 2021 Part of our human nature wants a short, simple answer: What do I need?  What do I have to do?  How easy will it be?  We ask the same questions for many areas of our lives as we face all kinds of different experiences. Sometimes, all we can answer toContinue reading 2nd Anniversary of Fr. Mat’s Death

24th Sunday – 9/11 Anniversary

September 12, 2021 I turned the TV on for morning news as I began to shave, looking at one tower already imploded and the second plane crashing into the other.  Where were you? We were stunned by the violence — that a group of human beings were so angry and so violent with us whoContinue reading 24th Sunday – 9/11 Anniversary

29th Sunday: To Be Human…

August 29, 2021 How did Jesus become a human being and why?  Our Catholic tradition uses the word “The Incarnation” to describe how God becomes or enters into our human reality. In the First Incarnation, God’s person and presence fills and creates all inanimate materials, planets and stars and universes. In the Second Incarnation, GodContinue reading 29th Sunday: To Be Human…

XXI Sunday: To follow Jesus in a simple, authentic, and whole hearted way is the work of a lifetime

August 22, 2021 Jesus has some very interesting things to say about life — attractive points about spirituality that focus on personal fulfillment, the heart of religion, the promise of eternal life.  For the people of his day in Jerusalem and Palestine, he was a breath of fresh air. But let me repeat to youContinue reading XXI Sunday: To follow Jesus in a simple, authentic, and whole hearted way is the work of a lifetime

XVIII Sunday, Ordinary Time: Shoulder My Yoke and Learn from Me, for I am Gentle and Humble in Heart

August 1, 2021 We do need a savior.  We do need mentors and good examples.  The “I” in us is distracted easily, diverted willingly and loves to get lost in its own self. There have been and continue to be many religious or spiritual paths that are meant to help us balance the “I” andContinue reading XVIII Sunday, Ordinary Time: Shoulder My Yoke and Learn from Me, for I am Gentle and Humble in Heart

XVI Sunday in Ordinary Time: We need to take the time to become refreshed

July 18, 2021 We become so caught up in the work and activity of life that we become stressed and depressed and frazzled.  We see this lack of balance and harmony in today’s Gospel story.   After spending some time sharing with and teaching the people who were wanting to hear what Jesus had to say,Continue reading XVI Sunday in Ordinary Time: We need to take the time to become refreshed

12th Sunday Ordinary Time: Faith and the Eucharist are not a commodity 

June 20, 2021 Today’s gospel story is more than a summer’s boat ride.  “Let us cross over to the other side,” is more than a summer outing. It is a metaphor for life. “A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat so that it was filling up.” Life can be calm. Continue reading 12th Sunday Ordinary Time: Faith and the Eucharist are not a commodity 

Touch the Light of Christ – A Healing Meditation

13th Ordinary Sunday June 27,  2021 Before I read today’s gospel, I want to share this photo of a painting (“Encounter,” mural by Daniel Cariola) that spans a large wall in a downstairs chapel in the Israeli town of Magdala (above).  There is a beautiful modern church dedicated to Jesus’ invitation to cross the seaContinue reading Touch the Light of Christ – A Healing Meditation

XII Sunday Ordinary Time:  “If the love of Christ does not impel you, you have not yet met Christ.”

June 20, 2021 As Catholic Christians, we believe that the Kingdom of God broke into, entered in human life, in a whole new way in Jesus, the Christ, the anointed one. While the cultures of people 2500 years ago believed in God and had their temples, and offered worship and sacrifices, human beings were slavesContinue reading XII Sunday Ordinary Time:  “If the love of Christ does not impel you, you have not yet met Christ.”

Solemnity of Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ: “Holy Communion is Jesus’ chance to make us into himself”

June 6, 2021 Last week as we celebrated the Holy Trinity of God’s presence in Our Loving Creator Father, in Jesus his Son who became one of us, and the Holy Spirit who keeps all of us together in a community of life and love and justice.  I shared my belief that we find theContinue reading Solemnity of Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ: “Holy Communion is Jesus’ chance to make us into himself”