24th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Tame our ego, look for the truth, have some personal discipline and invite God to help

September 11, 2022 As a younger child, I used to go to “confession” every Saturday night, and I repeated the same sins of fighting with my brothers and sister and disobeying my parents – for years. I did not substitute a molten calf for Jesus in the blessed sacrament.  I was not a “stiff neckedContinue reading “24th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Tame our ego, look for the truth, have some personal discipline and invite God to help”

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Thoughts on Humility

August 28, 2022 One of the things that I find most difficult to do as a priest is to sit at a head table or at “the” most special seat of honor. I understand “the special seat” as a sign of love and affection and that it is a sign of thanks and admiration. WhileContinue reading 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Thoughts on Humility

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Heaven is God’s Gift to Us

August 21, 2022 The first thing/idea that strikes my attention is the question that someone asked Jesus.  Maybe it was the Gospel writer or maybe the Gospel writer had heard the question asked many times: “Lord, will only a few be saved?” Hmmm, I thought to myself: I went back several Sundays – questions?  Jesus’Continue reading “18th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Heaven is God’s Gift to Us”

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Reflections on Hospitality

July 17, 2022 Last year, the US hospitality industry generated 206 billion dollars.  The industry provides lodging, food, and entertainment.  The word “hospitality” means to “serve a guest,” and we do this by being hospitable and gracious.  We can do it in love and with grace. Our scriptures today want us to understand the importanceContinue reading 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Reflections on Hospitality

Holy Trinity Sunday: “I want to encourage you not to get stuck in spiritual mud”

June 12, 2022 (Second version) What do we say about God today?  A Holy Trinity!  But what does that mean?  I have never understood or appreciated the philosophical or theological writings of the Middle Ages, of the scholastics, and personally, I don’t have to understand the great mystery of who God is. What is importantContinue reading “Holy Trinity Sunday: “I want to encourage you not to get stuck in spiritual mud””