The Fourth Sunday of Lent [C]

The Fourth Sunday of Lent [C]
Jos 5:9,10-12  +  2 Cor 5:17-21  +  Lk 15:1-3,11-32
March 31, 2019

“But now we must celebrate and rejoice….”

One of the great treasures of our Catholic Faith is a work written by the Catholic husband, father, statesman and martyr, Saint Thomas More.  He wrote this work, titled The Sadness of Christ, in the Tower of London before he was executed. In this work, he meditates on the agony of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Continue reading

March 25-30, 2019

The Annunciation of the Lord
Isa 7:10-14;8:10  +  Heb 10:4-10  +  Lk 1:26-38
March 25, 2019

… the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel….

In the person of Jesus Christ, God and man are united.  This is the good news that Saint Gabriel came to announce to Mary:  that she would bear in her womb the one through whom all human beings could find eternal life.  The profundity of this news overwhelmed Mary, and made her fearful.  What would this mean for her life? Continue reading

The Third Sunday of Lent [C]

The Third Sunday of Lent [C]
Ex 3:1-8,13-15  +  1 Cor 10:1-6,10-12  +  Lk 13:1-9
March 24, 2019

Yet God was not pleased with most of them, for they were struck down in the desert.

Both in the Old Testament and the New Testament, gardens, plants and trees of all sorts serve as symbols of growth—and decay—in the spiritual life.  The very first story of the Bible takes place in a garden called Eden.  In this Sunday’s Gospel passage, Jesus tells us a parable along a similar line. Continue reading

March 18-23, 2019

Monday of the Second Week of Lent
Daniel 9:4-10  +  Luke 6:36-38
March 18, 2019

But yours, O Lord, our God, are compassion and forgiveness!

Lent is a season of perspective.  Our “great and awesome God”, as Daniel describes him, is infinite in all His qualities:  beauty, simplicity, and mercy, to name only a few.  God’s mercy is our great focus during this season. Continue reading

March 11-16, 2019

Monday of the First Week of Lent
Leviticus 19:1-2,11-18  +  Matthew 25:31-46
March 11, 2019

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

At the beginning of this first full week of Lent, Jesus preaches to us about the Final Judgment.  The parable that Jesus preaches in today’s Gospel passage reminds us of the old adage:  “Always begin with your end in mind.”  This saying is good for reflection first thing in the morning, as an entire day upon God’s green earth stretches out before us.  At the beginning of the day we pray the Morning Offering, which reminds us that each day on earth is about God:  living in His love, and for His glory. Continue reading

The First Sunday of Lent [C]

The First Sunday of Lent [C]
Deut 26:4-10  +  Rom 10:8-13  +  Lk 4:1-13
March 10, 2019

He brought us out of Egypt with his strong hand and outstretched arm….

There are many different types of freedom.  For example, sometimes we want to be free from the influence that another person holds over us.  Sometimes we want to be free from a job, or from an agreement we’ve made with someone, or from an assignment that we’ve been handed.  But that’s not the type of freedom that Jesus gave up his life to offer us. Continue reading

March 4-9, 2019

Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time [I]
Sirach 17:20-24  +  Mark 10:17-27
March 4, 2019

“How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the Kingdom of God!”

Why is it hard “for those who have wealth to enter the Kingdom of God”?  The Church does not teach that human wealth is evil in and of itself.  Some mistakenly think that Scripture says that money is the root of all evil.  But the correct quote from Saint Paul is that “the love of money is the root of all evils” [1 Timothy 6:10].  Nonetheless, that begs the question:  what is it about the love of money that tempts the wealthy away from the Kingdom of God? Continue reading

The 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time [C]

The Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time [C]
Sir 27:4-7  +  1 Cor 15:54-58  +  Lk 6:39-45
March 3, 2019

“Remove the wooden beam from your eye first….”

When you make your nightly examination of conscience, and prepare monthly for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, there’s a simple way to recollect yourself.  After all, if it’s been a long day or an even longer month, you might feel unsure how best to assess your efforts—or failures—to live your life in Christ. Continue reading