Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

When a situation is unjust, I cannot keep my mouth shut. I have always been this way and it has gotten me in trouble on more occasions than I can count. After all, in...

The Baptism of Our Lord

Two years into the illnesses that led to my mother’s death, she was hospitalized for ten days. Her legs had stopped functioning; she had lost the ability to speak coherently. We found she had...

Restoring Our Sight

Seeing ordinarily refers to eyesight, in a physiological sense. But in communication, in a general sense, “seeing” can be used in many metaphoric ways. We refer to the “mind’s eye,” for example, to refer...

We Are Servants

This Sunday’s Gospel is among my favorite passages in the New Testament. It is the story of some of the Apostles’ vying for the top spot in Jesus’ “Table of Organization.” These men have...

Removing the Obstacles

Hard message in today’s Gospel. Who among us is ready and willing to take up the challenge? There are countless stories about Saints who have heeded the admonition to “give it all up” and...

Jesus and the Children

Today’s Gospel carries two very important messages: one about marriage, the other about bringing children to the Lord. Now, there is much to say about either subject. But if I write about marriage, this...

Taking Sin Seriously

Calvin Coolidge was known as a man of few words. When he returned home from Sunday services one morning, his wife asked him what the preacher had talked about. “Sin,” he replied. “What did...

Be Who You Are

Today’s Gospel story reminds me of a cherished (now) memory from my adolescence. The apostles arguing about who was the greatest among them brought the incident and a lesson to mind. When my sister,...

Getting to Know Jesus

When we are first introduced to someone, we learn a name, what he or she does, where he or she lives, about family, children, etc. But do we really know whom we’ve met? Not...

The Gift of Hearing

Several years ago the Washington Post conducted an experiment in which a world-renowned violinist, Joshua Bell, was commissioned to play his $4,000,000 Stradivarius violin in a subway station in Washington D.C. He dressed himself...