Time for Us

Each of the four Gospel writers has his own distinctive style and emphasis, and each wrote for a particular audience. Mark, whom we read this liturgical year, wrote primarily for non-Jewish Christians. His emphasis...

Planting, Growing, Pruning

There are mysteries in nature that cannot be explained. We don’t know how gravity works, for example, but we know that it does, and we count on it. We also know that when a...

All in the Family

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is being accused of driving out demons and because He’s allegedly in league with evil. That is outrageous, because when evil (the devil) battles evil, only the devil wins. In...

Eucharist—Sacrament and Sacrifice

We are Christians because we believe in the Resurrection of the Christ. We are Catholic because we believe in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is both a Sacrament and a Sacrifice. The Eucharist is a...

Family of Love

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The Gospel is taken from the final verses in Matthew’s Gospel. It is the well-known (at least to Christians) commission of the Apostles to...

We Receive the Gifts

Everyone loves birthdays. Treats, like cake and ice cream, a special meal, gifts, being the center of attention, at least for a day—what’s not to like? It may seem that birthdays are more enjoyed...

With You Until the End and Beyond

Most dioceses in the United States celebrate the Ascension of the Lord on Sunday, rather than on the Thursday 40 days after Easter, including the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The confusing fact is that Luke...

Loving as Jesus Loves

We celebrated Easter Sunday a few weeks ago, and there are two more Easter Sundays ahead of us (Ascension and Pentecost) before we return to Ordinary Time. The Church, as I have mentioned before,...

The True Vine

In this Sunday’s Gospel, I focus on Jesus’ words: “I am the true vine.” Quite simply, a vine is an organic structure nurtured by the soil, sun and rain. It is fed by the...