Monthly Archives: May 2016

2nd Sunday after Pentecost, May 29, 2016. Mt 4:18-23; Rom 2:10-16

Next Sunday will be our annual graduate recognition Sunday. All across our country people are graduating from eighth grade, high school or college. Their graduations are the culmination of many years of study. They are properly educated and equipped – we hope – to take their places in our society. Elementary graduates will go on […]

Sunday of All Saints, May 22, 2016. Heb 11:32-12:2a; Mt 10:32-33, 37-38 & 19:27-30

The fifth-grade religion teacher wanted to emphasize the importance of being holy, so he asked the class what was the most important thing necessary to be a saint. Little Bobby called out, “You have to be dead.” Today we recognize all of the saints – not only those who have been canonized, declared by the […]

Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2016. Acts 2:1-11

A great rush of wind; tongues of fire; speaking in different languages. What a great event, a great experience that must have been. The 120 persons gathered together in that room received the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the great gift from Jesus that he had promised during his earthly ministry and now that […]

Sunday of the Fathers of the First Nicene Council, May 8, 2016.

We have, today, another of those observances of the ancient ecumenical councils of the Church. As I have been doing in the past on these Sundays, so today I consider another of the Second Vatican Council’s documents. The Council issued its Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity on Dec. 8, 1965. The Fathers of the […]

SUNDAY OF THE MAN BORN BLIND, May 1, 2016. Jn 9:1-38 Last Sunday we heard about the Samaritan woman at the well and how Jesus offered her life-giving water.  It’s obvious that water is a sign of baptism and that Jesus offered her the eternal life that we ourselves receive through our baptism. In this […]