Sunday Reflection—Giving Thanks

The Bible stories of Naaman the Syrian and Jesus’ healing of the ten lepers shows us that gratitude is an obligation of justice. To remember the source of our blessings and to give thanks is exactly why some countries, like the USA and Canada, dedicate a national Thanksgiving holiday.  And why Catholics have a “Sunday obligation” to attend the Eucharist. […]

Sunday Reflection—A Mustard Seed Faith

Jesus calls us to have faith at least the size of a mustard seed.  He also constantly addresses his disciples with this command: Be not afraid!  The story of St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan shows us how to leave behind fear and grow in faith. The Mass readings for the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) are […]

Sunday Reflection—Rich Man and Beggar

Luke, chapter 16, tells the story of the Rich man and the Beggar, Dives and Lazarus. It shows how some choices we make lead to addictions that can determine our eternal destiny. Gluttony, one of the Seven Deadly Sins, is a poison that has an antidote — the Cardinal Virtue called Temperance or Moderation. The Mass readings for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday […]

Sunday Reflection—Lessons from the Dishonest Steward

Serving God and Mammon Stewardship . . . what does this term really mean? The parable of the dishonest steward in Luke 16 argues against the divorce between God and everyday life. Though it is idolatry to serve money, it is very important to serve God by the way we use money. Stewardship does not just mean giving to the […]

Sunday Reflection—Radical Discipleship: A Call for Everyone

Are you willing to sacrifice all for the Lord? In Luke 14, Jesus speaks some very disturbing words to anyone who wants to be his disciple.  He sees the call to discipleship as requiring people to renounce not only their possessions but also their own life and family.  The example of Thomas More shows us that this is radical, but […]

Sunday Reflection—Humility Opens Doors

“Nice guys finish last,” says the world.   “The last will be first,” replies Jesus. In the topsy-turvy world of the Kingdom of God, the last shall be first and the humble and meek shall inherit the earth.  Meekness is not weakness, & pride is a symptom of insanity.  This post explains why all the virtues hinge on humility and why the […]

Sunday Reflection—The Narrow Door

Strive to Enter by the Narrow Door Jesus’ call to enter through the narrow door seems to conflict with the idea that God wants all to be saved, that the universal, Catholic Church means “here comes everybody.”  But a deeper look resolves the inconsistency. The Mass readings for the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) are Isaiah 66:18-21; Psalms 117:1, 2; […]

Sunday Reflection—Faith as a Dynamic Journey

Faith or belief is more than conviction that God exists. True Christian faith is a dynamic journey, a quest of trust, confidence, and commitment that involves no small amount of risk taking. The Mass readings for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) are Wisdom 18:6-9; Psalms 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22; Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 or 11:1-2,; Luke 12:32-48 or […]

Sunday Reflection—The Rich Fool

THE PARABLE OF THE RICH MAN The story of the rich man in Luke 12 who gloats over his bumper harvest brings up a good question – is money and success evil?  Augustine, following Paul, says it’s not money but the love of money that’s the root of all evil. The Mass readings for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time […]

Sunday Reflection—Ask, and You Will Receive

PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN Jesus’ says “ask and you shall receive.”  He encourages us to ask boldly and persistently through the story of the unjust judge and the persistent widow.  But if we don’t listen in prayer, we won’t know what to ask for.  Here are tips for using the inspired prayers called Psalms as guides to praying effectively. […]