Monthly Archives: August 2017

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Aug. 27, 2017. Mt 19:16-26

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 […]

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Aug. 20, 2017. Mt 18:23-35

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 […]

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Aug. 13, 2017. 1 Cor 4:9-16; Mt, 17:14-23

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, […]

Feast of the Transfiguration, Aug. 6, 2017. Mt 17:1-9.

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 […]