First Sunday of Lent: Cycle B Reading 1 Gn 9:8-15 Responsorial Psalm Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9. Reading 2 1 Pt 3:18-22 Gospel Mk 1:12-15 In the first reading, we hear the classical Old Testament story of Noah and the Ark. On the surface, this story appears to be about one man and his family… Read More Water, washing, and the desert
Jesus hand-picked both these two men for a uniquely special purpose in His Church. If you look on the surface, neither man was anything special. In fact, both men had serious character flaws. Peter: a profane man—“depart from me Lord, for I am a profane man” Peter: a cowardly man—“I swear I do not know… Read More Sunday Meditation – June 29: Peter and Paul: Two Unlikely Men
Self-giving love: that is what love really is:
Isn’t love just a simple emotion, something that I am feeling today for someone but may not tomorrow? Is love a fleeting feeling? Yes, I loved you today, but I can’t be sure that I’ll love you forever.
Or, perhaps it is something much more.… Read More Self-Giving Love
Homily for a marriage: Based on readings from: Genesis 2 and Matthew 19 Today we have come together to witness a Christian marriage. In the reading from Genesis, we heard of the story of the creation of man and woman. God created the world and all that fills it; he then creates a man. God… Read More A Marriage Homily
I know we are in Cycle C, but this is my first homily that recently I just got to give as practice. It has some good points for this coming Sunday to consider.
The devil appears in both the first reading and the Gospel today. It is amazing to think that the devil could be so busy. Yes, he is. And don’t fool yourself, the devil is real. He appears as a serpent in the Garden of Eden to Adam and Eve, and he is able to twist the words of God, just a little to get them to doubt, to challenge, and to rebel against God. What did he say to evoke this reaction from our first parents? … Read More First Sunday of Lent Cycle A
“I will honor him who honors me” This verse, 1 Samuel 2:30, recently took on a whole meaning for me. Back in May of this year, I transitioned from my conventional career as an environmental, health and safety professional into one of total service to others. When I was in my previous career, I was… Read More To Honor God above all else
I recently returned from a 15 day holiday in England with my wife. As a first generation American, of British parents, England has always been my second home. I have visited the United Kingdom many times during my life.
In 2002, my wife and I visited Britain with our teenage children and my aging father. Multi-generational travel is a unique experience by itself and one day there may even be a patron saint for this experience. However, it was rewarding to see my children exposed to the experience of traveling in Britain with my father, doing and saying things I did almost forty years ago when visiting England as a teenager with my British parents.… Read More A Pilgrimage
In light of our self-sufficient, independent American spirit, which we inherited from our pioneering forbearers, we often think that we must do it alone, or that we are weak. We admire heroes like the Lone Ranger because they always prevail but never need outside help. We as American Catholics tend to project this same feeling… Read More Jesus isn’t looking for the Lone Ranger in the pew.
Imagine a world where every married couple really loved each other. This world is not the place, but why couldn’t it be? God planned right from the beginning that man and woman should live in a community of love. This community mirrors the Trinitarian God: the Father loves the Son, the Son loves the Father… Read More MARRIAGE IS NOT A BASIC RIGHT, it is a CALLING from GOD