Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Motivation In the first reading from Deuteronomy 18:15-20, God calls Moses to be a prophet who speaks to his own people for God. The words of Moses to the Israelites are to be the words of God. Moses is motivated to be the voice of God and not believe that his own words were what the people should…

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time The Unexpected

The readings from the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time are filled with challenges for us in the first month of 2021. In the first reading, God comes to the prophet Jonah and tells him to go to Nineveh (an enemy nation) to preach conversion from their wickedness. Unexpectedly, Jonah refuses and sails toward another area….

The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – The Call

The first reading for Sunday is from 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19. It is the story of Samuel being called to be a prophet. Eli the priest and the young man Samuel are asleep in the temple. Three times Samuel thinks Eli is calling him. Each time he goes to Eli he is told to go…

Baptism of Jesus

The opening lines of the Gospel of Mark for Sunday announce the mission of John the Baptist. “John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin.” What John is teaching is that one must let go of attitudes and actions that are contrary to the message of…

Epiphany

My blogs for 2021 will be based on the readings for the Sunday liturgy. I encourage you to read and reflect on them today or tomorrow before the mass. On this first Sunday of the New Year we celebrate the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus the Christ. It’s on this Feast of the Epiphany that we…

Christmas

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him may not die but have eternal life.  (John 3:16) These words from the Gospel of John provide the real meaning and purpose of Christmas. God’s love is so great that it had to be shared in the person of…

The Good Samaritan

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and…

Esther

The Book of Queen Esther is the stuff of modern day novels. It contains elements of court intrigue, sex, romance, treachery, loyalty, manipulation, courage, and ultimate victory. Esther is the heroine of this story, and she is so central to the story, that her name is mentioned fifty-five times in ten chapters of the Hebrew…

Gift Giving

On December 6th we celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas. During, and even before the Christmas season, you may hear the name St. Nicholas. It is on his feast day when children in many parts of the world will wake up to find small treats in their shoes or stockings left to them, they’ll be told, by St. Nicholas. Christmas is a time of giving and…

December 2nd

December 2nd lives on in my memory because it was the day in 1980 when Dorothy Kazel, Jean Donovan and two Maryknoll sisters were murdered. In the spring of 1974, Dorothy’s dream of becoming a missionary came true when she was chosen to serve on the Diocesan Mission Team for a five-year term. In El Salvador, Dorothy worked in the Church of the Immaculate…