The Suffering in Bethany

“Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man have done something to spare this suffering?” The Sunday Gospels in Lent for Year A are particularly poignant and reflective, drawing us into the Lenten mysteries. We can see how the Church values them by the fact that these Gospels may be read at the weekday Masses as […]

Encountering the Word — John 11:25-26

Your Daily Bible Quote “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?’” (John 11:25-26) Please share on Facebook and other social media you choose below. Print this entry

When My Martha Tendencies Highjack My Desire To Be Like Mary During Advent

"Christ in the House of Mary and Martha" (detail) by Johannes Vermeer

I woke up one morning recently and panicked about my failure to “plan” Advent.  After a few hours of agonizing about an approach, I concocted a plan of attack. “If we get an Advent wreath, make a calendar, prepare an empty manger with sacrifice straw and pull out all fifty of the Christmas books, I think we’ll be in good […]

Jesus Walks Away

My reading in the gospel (Luke 5:12-16) this morning made me laugh. Here’s the breakdown. Jesus heals… Jesus tells the healed to not tell anyone… the word gets out anyway… a crowd gathers… Jesus leaves to pray! I can just imagine a dumbfounded group of people, particularly the disciples, saying “Hey, where are you going!? There is a crowd of people […]

Mother as a Human Being

We mothers can be so efficient. We can do laundry, clean a dirty kitchen, and calm sibling spats in between spooning Gerber’s best into our babies’ mouths. Once, just for fun, I wrote down everything I did during a one-hour period one morning. The list took up two pages. I often get wrapped up in juggling tasks, in accomplishing, in […]

Lessons on Hospitality From St. Martha

We all know the familiar story related in a recent Sunday Gospel reading (Luke 10: 38-42):  Jesus is visiting His good friends, Martha and Mary.  Martha is busy in the kitchen and resents the fact that her sister, Mary, is sitting at Jesus’ feet, hanging on every word.  Yet instead of quietly asking her sister for help, Martha marches into […]