Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

[John 5:1-16] Paralysis and illness comes in many forms: intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual. The Gospel of the man near the pool on his mat helps us to understand this. To be cured of a physical ailment is one thing; … Continue reading

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

[John 4:46-54] In a recent interview (1), Pope Francis, speaking on his personal experience of spiritual darkness, said “I too know moments of emptiness.”  He continues, stating that “One cannot grow [in faith] without crises…”, and that “Faith is a … Continue reading

Fourth Sunday of Lent

[1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a / Ps 23: 1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 / Eph 5:8-14 / John 9:1-41]  Walking along the beach one day, I saw numerous footprints before me. Instead of being pressed into the sand, they were coming … Continue reading

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

  [Is 7:10-14; 8:10 / Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11 / Heb 10:4-10 / Luke 1:26-38] Pulse rate, temperature, respiration rate, and blood pressure are vital signs. They indicate how our bodies are functioning but especially they indicate whether we … Continue reading

Friday of the Third Week of Lent

[Hos 14:2-10 / Ps 81:6c-8a, 8bc-9, 10-11ab, 14+17 / Mark 12:28b-34] The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! The heart, soul, mind, and strength of the human being are the source of love, joy, and happiness which we also call … Continue reading

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

[Jer 7:23-28 / Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 / Lk 11:14-23] Today’s readings offer us an important Lenten reminder: LISTEN; be ever open to hearing God’s Word, whose truth is a source of real unity. The prophet Jeremiah is called to … Continue reading

Wednesday Third Week of Lent

[Deut 4:1, 5-9 / Ps 147: 12-13, 15-16, 19-20 / Mt 5: 17-19] Moses was instructed by God to teach the Israelites to live according to God’s commandments. They were to observe them in the land they were to enter. … Continue reading

Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

[Daniel 3:25.34-43 /Ps 25:4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9 / Matthew 18:21-35] Protestants often criticize the Catholic practice of confessing sins to a priest. They ask, “Why do you have to tell your sins to a man? It is God who … Continue reading

“My Will – God’s Will?”

[2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16 / PS 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29 / Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22 / Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a] Solemnity of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary There is much scriptural evidence that David loved … Continue reading

Third Sunday of Lent

[Ex 17:3-7 / Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 / Romans 5:1-2, 5-8/ John 4:5-42] Do you remember the end of the movie, “The Graduate”? Dustin Hoffman and Katharine Ross ride off together on a motorcycle with Simon and Garfunkel singing: “And … Continue reading

The Lord is Kind and Merciful

[Mi 7:14-15, 18-20 / Psalm 103 / Luke 15:1-3, 11-32] Although forgiveness is not one of the Ten Commandments, mercy and compassion are prominent themes of Scripture. In today’s Gospel story of the Prodigal Son, Jesus relates a powerful parable … Continue reading

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

[Gen 37:3-4, 12-13, 17b-28a / Ps 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21 / Mat 21:33-43, 45-46] Before I wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, do you have your green on? If not, you are subject to be pinched! You forgot to put … Continue reading

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

[Luke 16: 19-31] …and lying at the gate was a poor man named Lazarus…. What can I do? We witnessed Alan Kurdi, a 3 year old Syrian child, washed to shore on a Turkish beach. We saw Omran Daqneesh, a 5 … Continue reading

Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

  Mt 20:17-28 “Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.” Wow! The mother of James and John makes quite the request when she asks Jesus to … Continue reading

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

[Isa 1:10, 16-20 / Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23 / Matt 23:1-12] Today’s Gospel is a kind of gentle wake-up call. And it comes at a good time, because Lent has a lot to do with putting our spiritual … Continue reading