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 […]

In this Gospel passage Jesus combines Deut. 6:5 and Lev. 19:18. “Therefore you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength “Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your fellow countrymen. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” […]

The wedding banquet in today’s Gospel reading is, quite obviously, an allegory for the kingdom of God. It also presents to us the Eucharist, which is the wedding banquet between Christ, the bridegroom, and the Church, his bride. We currently live in a paradox concerning God’s kingdom. The fact that we can receive the Eucharist […]

Jesus concludes the allegory in today’s Gospel reading by saying, “The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.” By our own rebellious lives, wanting to take the vineyard for ourselves, we can reject God’s will for us.  We can reject Jesus, the cornerstone of our lives. And when we tear away that cornerstone […]

The rich young man had being doing a lot of things to live a proper moral life, according to Jewish teaching. You might say that he had come to the entry level to eternal life and wanted to know what the next step would be. He was confident that he was observing all of the […]