First Sunday of Advent

Is 2:1-5Rom 13:11-14Mt 24:37-44 Advent Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Each liturgical year we set aside four Sundays before Christmas as a time of preparation for the birth of Jesus. This feast of remembrance is significant because it reminds us that Jesus became one of us and experienced all the human feelings we…

Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

2 Samuel 5:1-3Colossians 1:12-20Luke 23:35-43 One of the most shocking facts in the New Testament is that most people of Israel were disappointed at the coming of Jesus. It was a long held belief that a messiah would come who would free them from Roman rule. Along comes Jesus as an infant born in a…

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mal 3:19-20a2 Thes 3:7-12Lk 21:5-19 Difficult Times As we get closer to the end of the liturgical year, the Sunday readings take on a warning tone of destruction and suffering to come in the times ahead. The first reading from the prophet Malachi is a prime example: “Lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven,…

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Maccabees 7:1-2,9-142 Thessalonians 2:16—3:5Luke 20:27-38 Resurrection Hope The first reading for Sunday tells the story of seven brothers and their mother who are tortured and put to death by the king because they refused to eat pork in violation of God’s law. Each, in turn, speaks boldly about their belief in God’s faithfulness that will lead to…

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wis 11:22-12:22 Thes 1:11-2:2Lk 19:1-10 Seeking God’s Mercy with Humility A frequent theme in the gospels is that of Jesus seeking out the lost or those who don’t fit the norms of the time. The gospel for this week is a good example. It is the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector who is seeking…

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Humility in Prayer Sir 35:12-14, 16-182 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18Lk 18:9-14 Last Sunday we heard about the need for persistence in prayer. This week, we learn about the need of an attitude of humility in our prayer life. In the gospel, Jesus tell the parable of two men who go to the temple area to pray….

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ex 17:8-132 Tm 3:14-4:2Lk 18:1-8 Persistence in Prayer What is your prayer life like? Are you a 911 person who prays only when there is an emergency or difficult time in your life? Or are you a GPS person who uses God as a God Distancing System who asks God to show you the way…

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Kgs 5:14-172 Tm 2:8-13Lk 17:11-19 Giving Thanks The first reading begins with Naaman being cured of his leprosy by Elisha the prophet. The back story is from the previous section of 2 Kings. Naaman is a foreigner from another country. He heard about Elisha and the extraordinary works he performs so he decides to…

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hab 1:2-3; 2:2-42 Tm 1:6-8, 13-14Lk 17:5-10 Faith and Service When we hear the opening words of this Sunday’s first reading from Habakkuk we may well think of our own society today and how many of us think and feel about what’s happening around us. “How long, O LORD?  I cry for help but you do…

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Am 6;1a, 4-71 Timothy 6:11-16Luke 16:19-31 Complacency “Woe to the complacent in Zion!” This startling sentence is found in the first reading this Sunday. What if it was edited to say woe to the complacent in Pepper Pike, Euclid, Shaker Heights or wherever it is that you live? Could you be described as complacent when…