In Jesus’ parable, that we just heard, the point is the failure of the rich man to use the opportunity given to him due to his indifference. The rich man did not believe in an afterlife. His reaction at the end indicates this. Therefore he spent his life enjoying all the luxuries of life. He […]

Last Sunday I spoke to you about mercy and compassion. In the Gospel reading today we have a concrete example of mercy and compassion. St. Luke is fond of showing Jesus overwhelmed with pity and showing kindness, especially to women, just as in this event. There is the compassion of the crowd which had assembled […]

Today’s Gospel reading begins with Jesus’ instruction, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” and ends with his directive, “Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.” We also heard him tells us to, “love your enemies and do good to them…” This reminds of what we pray in the anaphora […]

What an overwhelming response to Jesus’ miracle we witness in today’s Gospel.  Simon Peter, James and John left everything and followed Jesus. You know, it’s interesting that these fishermen followed Jesus’ directions to “Put out into the deep water and lower the nets.” Fishermen’s wisdom knew that they had been hard at work fishing all […]

In this passage from Mark’s Gospel, Jesus tells us to take up the cross and deny self. Now that’s not a popular notion in our culture. People today don’t want to have any inconvenience. We have so many instant things. There are instant meals that take very little time or effort to prepare in the […]

In concluding his letter to the Galatians, St. Paul writes that he may never boast of anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. What he is expressing by that is not just the crucifixion but all that Jesus Christ has done and still does for our salvation. This is the new creation; a […]

This Gospel parable was written by Matthew after the fall of Jerusalem, 70 A.D. and is a parable of the second coming of Christ or the Last Judgment. The original account was probably directed to the officers of the Church, or perhaps to the Scribes and Pharisees. First a comment about the coin (talent). The […]