Last week, Jesus told us not to be anxious about our material needs, but to seek first the kingdom of God. Since we are to rely on God to provide for us as he does the birds of the air and the lilies of the field, it can be very tempting for us to keep […]

In recent news we’ve heard about floods in Maryland, volcano eruptions in Hawaii and Guatamala and wildfires out West and the bombing of civilian men, women and children in Syria. In all of these disasters people have lost homes and loved ones. We grieve with them and pray for their recovery. It’s during times such […]


The Gospel passage you just heard is usually referred to as the call of the apostles. Actually, though, it is the account of Jesus calling the first of his disciples. The word, disciples, means pupils, students. Only later would the disciples become apostles. That would be when Jesus told them, “ Go, therefore, and make […]

On March 19 of this year, Pope Francis issued an apostolic exhortation titled “Rejoice and be Glad.” on the call to holiness in today’s world. I encourage you to get a copy of this papal writing and read it. Unlike many papal documents, it’s not difficult to read and understand. Today we observe the Sunday […]

Pentecost is about the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles; but it is also a celebration of God — three persons in one — the Trinity. Sadly, to most people the Trinity is just another one of the doctrines of faith, something we are required to believe. I say sadly, because the fact […]

On today’s liturgical calendar we commemorate the First Ecumenical Council, held in 325 in the city of Nicea, not far from Constantinople. It ended on May 29 and came to be observed on the Sunday following the Feast of the Ascension. On today’s secular calendar we observe Mothers Day. I’ll come back to that later. […]

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 Sunday’s Gospel we hear of the man born blind. Jesus gives […]

It would seem from today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles that evangelization has an early history of being a problem in the Church. Matthew Kelly names evangelization as one of the signs of a dynamic Catholic. The Second Vatican Council taught that the Church is wholly missionary – evangelizing. Jesus himself told his […]

Today we hear of the healing of the paralytic man who had sat for 38 years at the pool waiting to be cured. Jesus cures him of his paralysis. This is only one of the many of Jesus’ miracles recorded in the Bible. Besides Jesus’ miracles in the Gospels There are also many miracles recorded […]

Christos voskrese. Feltamadt Christus. Christ is risen. This is more than a way to say hello to your fellow Byzantine Catholics during the Paschal season. It’s a proclamation to the world of the truth and joy of the Resurrection. The ointment-bearing women came to the tomb and received the message that Christ is risen. However, […]