In today’s apostolic reading we read what St. Paul wrote to the Christian in Galatia, “yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me…” In the Gospel Jesus warns, “What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?” After his conversion, St. Paul, obviously gave his whole […]

All of this stuff in the apostolic reading about circumcision and connecting it somehow with the cross seems very odd to us today. For St. Paul, though, it was a very real concern regarding his Christian communities in the province of Galatia. Among the Christians in those cities there were some who had previously been […]

“They will respect my son.” Said the vineyard owner. How wrong he was! Jesus used the allegory in today’s Gospel passage to describe the refusal of the scribes and pharisees to accept him as Messiah. In this allegory, the vineyard is Israel. The slaves of the allegory are clearly the prophets of the Old Testament. […]

A woman bought a parrot in a pet store. She wanted companionship, someone to talk with. The next day she brought the parrot back and said, “He won’t talk.” The store manager asked, “Does he have a mirror in his cage? Parrots love mirrors.” She bought a mirror and left. The next day she came […]

A priest-friend of mine once sent me this story. A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner. In their rush to catch the plane home and with tickets and […]

In today’s Gospel text the nine apostles are sorely perplexed in not being able to exorcize the devil who took possession of the young man. Today we would probably recognize the boy’s malady as epilepsy. The account of this miracle as recorded by Mark’s Gospel emphasizes the destructive force of evil. Here in Matthew’s account, […]

Today we reflect on the event which we just heard recounted in the Gospel. The Church has been observing this feast since the fourth century. What is its significance for us in the 21st century? First of all, the Transfiguration was an affirmation for Saints Peter, James, and John of Christ’s divine nature. It was […]