Mother, Now Saint

A mere 19 years after her death, Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint last week. In his homily during the ceremony at the Vatican, Pope Francis commended Mother Teresa for her generosity of mercy and for defending the discarded of society. Indeed, in her tireless work, Mother Teresa gave people dignity by seeing theirContinue reading “Mother, Now Saint”

Gospel Reflection for September 11, 2016, 24th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Exodus 32.7-11, 13-14; 1 Timothy 1.12-17; Luke 15.1-32 “Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep…..Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.” (Luke 15.6, 9) Losing, finding, rejoicing — that is the pattern in each of the three parables Jesus tells in chapter 15. Who doesn’t bother toContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 11, 2016, 24th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 4, 2016, 23rd Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Wisdom 8.13-18; Philomen 9-10, 12-17; Luke 14.25-33 “None of you can be my disciple if you do not renounce all your possessions.” (Luke 14.33) Proclaiming the good news of God’s abundant loving kindness toward all people contradicts conventional wisdom that there is not enough love or anything else to go around, so itContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 4, 2016, 23rd Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 14, 2016, 19th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 38.4-6, 8-10; Hebrews 12.1-4; Luke 12.49-53 “I came to bring fire to the earth…I have baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed!” (Luke 12.49) When the evangelist Luke writes about A.D. 85, Jesus has completed his baptism — his suffering, death, resurrection, andContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 14, 2016, 19th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 10, 2016, 15th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Deuteronomy 30.10-14; Colossians 1.15-20; Luke 10.25-37 “But a Samaritan who was journeying along came on the beaten man and was moved to pity at the sight. He dressed his wounds, pouring in oil and wine as a means to heal. He then hoisted him on his own beast and brought him to anContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 10, 2016, 15th Sunday Ordinary Time”

A More Compassionate Church

The other day, I listened to two Lutheran women talking about a Catholic wedding one woman went to. When it came time for communion, she wasn’t sure if she should go up. She saw other non-Catholics go, so she did, too. She took the wafer and dipped it in the chalice, as is the customContinue reading “A More Compassionate Church”

Gospel Reflection for April 3, 2016, 2nd Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 5.12-16; Revelation 1.9-11, 12-13, 17-19; John 20.19-31 Jesus breathed on his disciples and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” (John 20.22-23) Bible scholar Sandra Schneiders observes that the Greek word translated as retained above or sometimes boundContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 3, 2016, 2nd Sunday of Easter”

Feed Your Spirit

What’s more Catholic than fish dinners? Did you know the fish is an ancient Christian symbol? The word for fish in Greek is ichtus, pronounced ick-toose. The word fish in Greek letters look like: The first Christians, who were sometimes persecuted for their faith in Jesus, made an acrostic out of this word. In anContinue reading “Feed Your Spirit”

Celebrate Mercy

When Pope Francis announced the Year of Mercy last April he said, “Wherever the Church is present, the mercy of the Father must be evident.  Wherever there are Christians, everyone should find an oasis of mercy.”  The Gospels for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent have vivid pictures of mercy.  One more chanceContinue reading “Celebrate Mercy”

Standing on the Border

It’s near impossible to think about Jesus as a slave, but this word is repeated in his death story enough to catch our attention. Jesus took on the form of a slave and died on the cross. People treated Jesus like he was less than human. He was disrobed and whipped and spat on andContinue reading “Standing on the Border”