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THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

January 24, 2021


TODAY'S FOCUS:

REPENT!

Jesus’ call to repentance is meant to lead us to spiritual health, not merely to be a scolding or a warning of impending punishment. We repent in order to live fully in God’s love.


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  • THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 1, 2018

    We believe in a God who, in Jesus, took on our human flesh. Jesus of Nazareth literally touched people to heal them. Through us, members of his Body, he still can.

  • fourteenth sunday in ordinary time

    July 8, 2018

    To reverse a popular TV show theme song, sometimes you want to go where nobody knows your name. Dismissiveness can often accompany familiarity with those we think we know.

  • FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 15, 2018

    Sometimes we think that there is a select group of people — to which we could not possible belong — who are the “holy ones.” If we really live in Christ, this could not be less true.


  • sixteenth sunday in ordinary time

    July 22, 2018

    The evangelists tell us that Jesus is moved to the depths of his being for others.

  • SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 29, 2018

    Jesus could have fed the multitude in any number of ways, making food appear out of thin air. But He worked a miracle with what is already a miracle: God’s Creation.

  • eighteenth sunday in ordinary time

    August 5, 2018

    Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist is meant to renew us and energize us to become that Body and Blood for the life of the world.

  • nineteenth sunday in ordinary time

    August 12, 2018

    Plenty of things in our daily lives clouds our vision. By allowing Christ to heal your vision, we are able to see and love again as the Father sees us and loves us.

  • twentieth sunday in ordinary time

    August 19, 2018

    The actions of eating and drinking at the Eucharist are the same as we use daily. But Eucharist calls us to a deeper, more engaged eating and drinking.

  • twenty first sunday in ordinary time

    August 26, 2018

    Our world, like the world of scriptural times, is filled with many categories or even pigeonholes we try to use to keep others away. But to live as Christ means to serve others — ALL OTHERS.

  • twenty second sunday in ordinary time

    September 2, 2108

    The Church has always experienced a tension between faith and actions. Rather than viewing these in tension, however, we truly follow Christ when they are united.

  • twenty third sunday in ordinary time

    September 9, 2018

    Divine healing in the scriptures never exists for its own sake, but as an impetus to proclaim God’s glory. When we experience healing, our lives must be opened to be faithful witnesses.

  • twenty fourth sunday in ordinary time

    September 16, 2018

    Suffering of various ports is an integral part of being human. Jesus knew this, for he shared fully in human suffering. But he shows us that our ultimate hope is in the restorative healing power of God.

  • TWENTY FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    September 23, 2018

    Try as we might to live good and righteous lives, we sometimes lose focus through jealousy or envy of others. Better to stay focused on how we can serve others.

  • twenty sixth sunday in ordinary time

    September 30, 2018

    Our lives can get crammed so full—with busyness, possessions, material concerns — that there is little room or time left for God. Some housecleaning may be in order to free up some space for the Divine.

  • twenty seventh sunday in ordinary time

    October 7, 2018

    Our lives can get crammed so full—with busyness, possessions, material concerns — that there is little room or time left for God. Some housecleaning may be in order to free up some space for the Divine.


  • twenty eighth sunday in ordinary time

    October 14, 2018

    To observe the mere basics of our faith, to do the bare minimum, is a kind of indifference to God’s presence in our lives. Our quest must be God’s — to live and love more extravagantly, more fully.

  • TWENTY NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    October 21, 2018

    A good portion of discipleship is balancing the place of servanthood, and leadership in our lives.In some way, each of us is called to do both in our life of faith.

  • THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    October 28, 2018

    From Hebrew slaves freed from Egypt to faithful people calling out to Jesus for healing, we encounter many stories of persistent faith. Let us make our story
    the same.


  • THIRTY FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    November 4, 2018

    We only need to love God in two ways—but in most broad and deep ways! We must love God completely, and love our neighbor as we love our very selves.


  • thirty second sunday in ordinary time

    November 11, 2018

    Two widows figure prominently in these readings. The first offers her last bit of sustenance to a foreigner, a stranger; the second offers an enormous portion of her small worldly wealth to God.

  • thirty third sunday in ordinary time

    November 18, 2018

    In a way, it would be simpler to live out the rest of our lives if we knew precisely when all would come to an end. Jesus calls us to something more difficult: living that way even though we don’t know.

  • OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

    November 25, 2018
    We live in a shifting time, when people are replacing what is true with what they believe is true. In Christ, we know what a true king is, though it may not match up with what others believe a king to be.

  • first sunday of advent

    December 2, 2018

    Though the followers of Jesus were told at his Ascension not to stare uselessly up at the sky, faithful disciples will keep focused—with their hearts—on the power of heaven for guidance and comfort.

  • SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    December 9, 2018

    In Baptism we were named for Christ. This means that every day we are called upon to look around us for the presence of Christ in the world, and to live so that others see Christ present to us.

  • THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    December 16, 2018

    Next week is a joyful resting place on our Advent journey toward the coming of Christ. This season can sometimes be filled with busy-ness, so we need to stop, rest, and rejoice!

  • fourth sunday of advent/christmas


    December 23/25, 2018

    “Let ev’ry heart prepare him room.” This is a message not only in these final days before Christmas, but for every day.

  • the holy family of jesus,mary and joseph

    December 30, 2018

    We think of church, or perhaps religious education classes, or a parish school as the places we learn about faith. But none of these is more central to learning to live our faith than the household and family.

  • THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

    January 6, 2019

    We are tempted to think of Epiphany as a single day for celebrating the arrival of the Magi. Yet, every day, in our own lives, we are offered the opportunity to behold and reveal the God-appearing that is Epiphany.


  • the baptism of the lord

    January 13, 2019

    The baptismal garment is an outward symbol of the brightness and glory of Christ, in which we are wrapped—even swaddled—on our baptismal day and every day of discipleship.

  • second sunday in ordinary time

    January 20, 2019

    It's tempting to think that knowing and naming the gifts God has given us shows a lack of humility. In truth, doing so actually helps focus on how we might be most effective as sharing the Good News of Jesus!

  • third sunday in ordinary time

    January 27, 2019

    Those who don’t look like us, or think or talk like us, or agree with us — how difficult it is to see all people as God’s children, all of us loved by God.

  • fourth sunday in ordinary time

    February 3, 2019

    Must not be afraid to stand up to people in power, face lots of rejection, be relentless in proclaiming God’s mercy, and offer comfort and consolation in times of trial.” Applicants?

  • FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    February 10, 2019

    There may be no task more difficult than seeing ourselves for who we truly are, and striving to see ourselves as God sees us. God, who made us, continues to look upon us as good.

  • sixth sunday in ordinary time

    February 17, 2019

    Luke’s Beatitudes, unlike Matthew’s, balance the “blessed” sayings with others beginning with “woe.” The woes of the world, according to Jesus in Luke, come when we place our trust in that which is not of God.

  • SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    February 24, 2019
    The expectations and commandments of Jesus—especially to love one’s enemies—made people suspicious about him, and his early followers as well. Following Jesus, we should not be surprised if others think we also might be a bit unbalanced!

  • EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    March 3, 2019

    Though we may think that actions speak louder than words, we still express that truth using words. Our words can be potent, for good or evil, to promote the gospel message or impede it.

  • first sunday of lent

    March 10, 2019

    How much we want all of life to be easy and pain free! Yet our experience of life teaches otherwise, and our faith shows us how the pain of the past can lead us to hopeful futures.

  • second sunday of lent

    March 17, 2019

    Clouds are frequently present in the Scripture. A pillar of cloud led the Israelites through the desert, and the Abba of Jesus speaks from a cloud. When our lives seem cloudy, we can trust in God’s guidance.

  • third sunday of lent

    March 24, 2019

    The most common substance on earth — water — is also the most precious. It is no wonder that the stories of our salvation feature it so frequently.

  • fourth sunday of lent

    March 31, 2019

    As our Lenten journey progresses, we strive to improve the manner in which we “see” with our hearts, hoping that, in the light of Christ, we can truly come to see the world as God does.

  • fifth sunday of lent

    April 7, 2019

    In the Gospel scene of forgiveness, Jesus shows us that God will not be held captive by the past, but rather turns us, in hope, toward the future.

  • PALM SUNDAY

    April 14, 2019

    When Jesus—who was both truly human and truly divine—was humbly sacrificed on the cross for us, it was the ultimate act of reconciliation. As his disciples, we give of ourselves as people of reconciliation.

  • EASTER SUNDAY

    April 21, 2019

    Just as the Easter season celebrates Christ is arisen, our own lives must be celebrations in which the life of Christ arises from our daily living.

  • DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

    April 28, 2019

    In addition to the glory and splendor of the Risen Christ, this joyful season can also grant us the blessing of peace. “Peace be with you” is a common greeting of the Risen Christ.

  • THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

    May 5, 2019

    The Gospels recount a number of times that Jesus came to the table and ate with others. Following his resurrection, eating with his friends was a way for him to show them that it was still and truly him.

  • fourth sunday of eastER

    May 12, 2019

    We can often recognize those closest to us—even without seeing them—just by hearing them speak.

  • FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    May 19, 2019

    Though the Resurrection moved Jesus to a place beyond his mortal body, we still believe that God took on our flesh in him. He continues to be enfleshed through our own lives.

  • sixth sunday in ordinary time

    May 26, 2019

    As Jesus readied his friends for his departure at the Ascension, he consoled them with the promise of the Holy Spirit, sent as an Advocate, or helper, as they continue his mission.

  • ascension of the lord

    June 2, 2019

    Christian life will have its times of reverence and awe, times when we look to the heavens in silence. But we are also called upon to break the stillness of those moments to go forth with the Good News.

  • PENTECOST

    June 9, 2019

    One of the ways the Spirit prepared the disciples at Pentecost was through the gift of tongues, so their “house” was ready to receive many people from different lands, languages, and ways of life.

  • most holy trinity

    June 16, 2019

    We believe the Holy Trinity to be three Persons in one God. Of primary importance is their relationship to each other and to us, and our relationship with them.

  • MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

    June 23, 2019

    In every Eucharist, it is the simple gifts of the earth that the Spirit changes into the Body and Blood of Christ. We can also take and change what we have been given into Christ’s presence for the world.

  • thirteenth sunday in ordinary time

    June 30, 2019

    This week we see that Jesus resolves to head for Jerusalem, the place of his passion and resurrection. The opposition he faces should be a sign for us that following the path of Jesus will not always be easy.

  • fourteenth sunday in ordinary time

    July 7, 2019

    As Jesus continues his journey to Jerusalem, he sends out some of his followers in a preview of what will be expected of them following the descent of the Spirit at Pentecost.

  • fifteenth sunday in ordinary time

    July 14, 2019

    The parable of the good Samaritan is so familiar, and comes from so long ago, that we can forget that Jesus’ first hearers would have been shocked: an enemy-outcast is the hero of the story!

  • sixteenth sunday in ordinary time

    July 21, 2019

    Every one of us has a different set of gifts or abilities to make the world a better or more welcoming place for others.

  • SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 28,2019
    Upon hearing the Lord’s Prayer we may think. Luke forgot part of it; but his briefer form gives the prayer more urgency, as Jesus continues to Jerusalem.

  • EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    August 4, 2019

    Many things tug at us for our allegiance— some healthy, some not. Ultimately, only one of these can hold first place in our lives.

  • nineteenth sunday in ordinary time

    August 11, 2019

    Our word “remember” has its origins in the Latin word for being mindful: memor. Christians are called upon to be mindful again and again of the life and way of Jesus Christ, as we follow him daily.

  • twentieth sunday in ordinary time

    August 18, 2019

    Though Pentecost was months ago, Jesus reminds us that he came to set the world on fire. As members of the Church born at Pentecost, that is our work.

  • twenty first sunday in ordinary time

    August 25, 2019

    We pray for the reign of God:”thy kingdom come.” Praying to God—keeping in touch—also happens when our lives reflect that reign, which welcomes in peoples of unimaginable diversity.

  • twenty second sunday in ordinary time

    September 1, 2019

    The word “humility” originates with the Latin “humus”, which means the ground or the earth. A truly humble person is one grounded in honesty.

  • twenty third sunday in ordinary time

    September 8, 2019

    In the same way we sometimes think that others are hearing us but not truly listening, God may likewise think the same; we hear, but don’t listen.

  • TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    September 15, 2019

    We can sometimes think too highly of ourselves, and at other times we have a falsely low self-image. God calls us to an honest evaluation of our lives.

  • twenty fifth sunday in ordinary time

    September 22, 2019

    Being made in the image of God doesn’t mean only our personal existence but also treating others in a God-like way.


  • twenty sixth sunday in ordinary time

    September 29, 2019

    The life of following is often expressed not in big gestures, but in small acts that reveal him to those around us.


  • RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY

    October 6, 2019

    It’s easy to become discouraged by the events of the world, but God’s word encourages us to move forward hopefully, toward a fulfillment of God’s vision for us.

  • twenty eighth Sunday in ordinary time

    October 13, 2019

    As in biblical times, today we are tempted to believe we know who is in and who is out of God’s favor. As in biblical times, God often has a surprise for us!

  • twenty ninth sunday in ordinary time

    October 20, 2019

    In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus goes off by himself to pray. As members of his Body, the Church, we follow his example, and remain in prayer—our contact with God.

  • thirtieth sunday in ordinary time

    October 27, 2019

    Our society sometimes thinks justice means seeking revenge or retribution. This is opposed to God’s justice, which desires that all things be in harmony with each other.

  • thirty first sunday in ordinary time

    November 3, 2019

    No matter how expansive our view of God’s merciful love may be, it will still fall short of the actual breadth of mercy God continually displays.

  • THIRTY SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    November 10, 2019

    In Christ we are not promised a life that will be free from suffering or trials but a promise of a life in which Christ will remain with us through those times.

  • THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    November 17, 2019

    “Mind your own business!” we sometimes hear. The “business” we are truly intended to mind is that which God gives us: always striving that God’s will be done.

  • JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

    November 24, 2019

    We can better imagine God to be like earthly royalty than a divine royalty who is unlike any on earth; poor, humble, serving others.

  • FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    December 1, 2019

    Unlike our everyday life, in which we can never fully prepare for crisis or emergency, we are able to prepare spiritually for the time of the Lord’s return.

  • SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    December 8, 2019

    Sometimes we do not like change, but when it comes to living more closely in the image of Christ, things about our lives do need to change. We cannot change our lives without a change of heart first.

  • third sunday of advent

    December 15, 2019

    The world around us if filled with lights during this season but sometimes feel very dark. In this darkness, we remember God sending us Light from light.

  • fourth sunday of advent/christmas

    December 22/25, 2019

    Even the most secure lives have some insecurities, and life can change in an instant. Through every possible future, we know that our true place of safety and rest is in God alone.

  • MOST HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH

    December 29, 2019

    Even during a traumatic time like the flight into Egypt, the Holy Family surely looked at one another in love, to calm the anxious fear of their journey. May their gaze comfort us today.

  • THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

    January 5, 2020

    We can lose sight of how unexpected and lowly the circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus were, how much of an underdog he was in the eyes of the world. But God grants underdogs a star in the sky.

  • THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

    January 12, 2020

    The story of Jesus’ Baptism can become so familiar that we shut out its Holy Spirit. Take time to note the remarkable aspects of this story, and your own story.

  • SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    January 19, 2020

    Much of life is ordinary, but God has graced us with the ability to recall the extraordinary moments of blessing, and to act on them to fill all of life with holiness. 

  • THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    January 26, 2020

    The command (invitation) from Jesus, “Follow me,” seems simple, but to follow Jesus means that we leave things behind, and our following changes our lives.

  • presentation of the lord

    February 2, 2020

    We sometimes think that holiness is for other people, and it’s likely that we all know people who we’d consider holier than ourselves. Our life of faith tells us otherwise, and must lead us to holiness.


  • FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    February 9, 2020

    The individualism of our surrounding culture can invade our spiritual lives, and we despair of being able to counter all the sin in the world. But we are part of a team, powered by the light of Christ! 

  • SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    February 16, 2020

    It is tempting to try and figure out the bare minimum that we can do and still think we are a follower of Christ. But He always challenges us to do more than the minimum to stay away from the Tempter who leads us down that path.

  • SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    February 23, 2020

    The command to be holy, as God is holy, can seem like a return to the sin of Eden—thinking that we are gods. Rather, we are to let God’s grace guide us and draw us near, so we are filled with divine holiness.

  • FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

    March 1, 2020

    A new Lent is a new opportunity to examine our relationship with God and to follow the example of Jesus, who remained true to the end

  • SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    March 8, 2020

    God is more brilliant than we can ever imagine, and we will see ϔlickers of that brilliance if we open our eyes of faith.


  • THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

    March 15, 2020

    In today's encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus speaks to her directly about her life, but also offers her refreshment for days to come.

  • FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

    March 22, 2020

    Jesus, the light of the world, leads us out of darkness, a beacon of God's merciful care and love for us.

  • FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

    March 29, 2020

    Facing death-of those we love our our own-is a profoundly human moment in every life, a moment into which we know Jesus will step.

  • palm sunday

    April 5, 2020

    The Passion reveals the depths to which the Lord will go to show us his love. It is our calling to listen and hear this love story again, in a new and fresh way.


  • EASTER SUNDAY

    April 12, 2020

    Our joy at the Resurrection must move our hearts, our voices, and our bodies, until our inner bliss is fully expressed in singing and dancing!

  • DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

    April 19, 2020

    As Christ showed Thomas the signs of resurrection, so God continues to show-to reveal-to us the risen Christ among us. Let us, in turn, reveal the Resurrection by the way we live.


  • third sunday of easter

    April 26, 2020

    Though the risen Lord is revealed in the grand Easter, "Aha!" we also can come to know his glorified presence in gentler, merciful moments.

  • GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY

    May 3, 2020

    Our Good Shepherd, weather-worn and ready to die for his flock, leads us always through dark valleys, to places of life, safety, and light.

  • FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    May 10, 2020

    Because the Church is made up of human beings, arguments and divisions have always been part of our story. But so has turning to the Spirit in prayer, so we can return to unity.



  • sixth sunday of easter

    May 17, 2020

    The Holy Spirit promised by Jesus gives us our purpose: to go out on the joyful mission of spreading the good news of salvation.

  • ascension sunday

    May 24, 2020

    Even though Jesus has “gone away,” he is closer to us now than he could have been if he had physically remained on earth.

  • pentecost sunday

    May 31, 2020

    It is easy to be focused on Pentecost's diversity of tongues spoken. Search a bit deeper, though, to discover that the Spirit's joy must erupt into words of faith.

  • most holy trinity

    June 7, 2020

    An ancient understanding of the persons of the Trinity refers to them as dancing together. The good news is, we’re invited to join in the dancing! 

  • most holy body and blood of christ

    June 14, 2020

    Sometimes when the world around us is rejecting Christ, we must recall those moments in our lives when we were touched by Christ, the Bread of Life. 

  • TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    June 21, 2020

    The Spirit can grant us courage every day to accomplish more than we think we are capable of on our own. Extraordinary!

  • THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    June 28, 2020

    Made in the image of God, baptized into the Body of Christ, we are called upon to die to ourselves so that God's generous live might be shared.

  • FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 5, 2020

    Love can make our burdens lighter. When we share the burdens of life with Christ in our fellow disciples, burdens are easier to bear.

  • FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 12, 2020

    Anyone who plants or grows anything knows how much is dependent on the quality of the soil. Let us-sowers of the seed of God's word-be attentive to the soil!

  • sixteenth sunday in ordinary time

    July 19, 2020

    We often do not know what we do not know when it comes to making judgments about others. God alone knows us and others, so we rely on God's vision, not our own.

  • SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 26, 2020

    What “pearl of great price” does God have in store for you today? It most likely isn’t a winning lottery ticket or an actual pearl, but an opportunity to bring the reign of God into the world.

  • EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    August 2, 2020

    Our day-to-day lives are filled with various hungers and thirsts. Deepest among those is our hunger and thirst for God, who alone can satisfy that need.

  • NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    August 9, 2020

    We are surrounded by the mighty powers of God, who also beckons to us, summoning us with a vibrant invitation. In times of trial and storm, we need to listen carefully for that voice.

  • TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    August, 16, 2020

    Whenever life needs healing, it is our love for those in need, our hope for a different and better future that propels our faith forward, leading us to search for healing until we find it.

  • twenty first sunday in ordinary time

    August 23, 2020

    The phrase “Jesus Christ is Lord!” comes off the tongue easily enough, but have we stopped to examine the many implications inside it, the truly radical nature of that claim?

  • TWENTY SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    August 30. 2020

    We all think undinstinctly about how life should go. There are times we understand how things should proceed, however, when we experience the unexpected, it calls on us to release our grasping and our certainty.

  • twenty third sunday in ordinary time

    September 6, 2020

    Resolving conflicts is always difficult; in the context of the Church it can be downright tricky. Disciples are called to continual discernment through the Spirit, for

    the well-being of the community.

  • TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    September 13, 2020

    God has generously provided for us, and continues to shower us, with merciful love. We are called to share. God's generosity with everyone.

  • TWENTY FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    September 20, 2020

    Jesus' stories often feature an inverting of the expectations of the world. When he does this, it shows us that the reign of Godwas, is, and will be an upside-down reality.

  • twenty sixth sunday in ordinary time

    September 27, 2020

    God doesn’t seek out the perfect, but looks for those who are willing, who are humble, who will try, and—when and if they fail—will try again to do God’s will.

  • TWENTY SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    October 4, 2020

    Even in our largely non-agrarian society, the images of planting, tending, and reaping the benefits of what we've grown is something we understand. All God wants is to reap from us, the vineyard of the Lord.

  • TWENTY EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    October 11, 2020

    Who doesn't like to be invited to a party? The best part of the celebration God invitees us to is that even if we don't feel we are worthy or ready, God's desire that we attend overwhelms our imagined shortcomings.

  • twenty ninth sunday in ordinary time

    October 18, 2020

    As usual, when an attempt is made to trick Jesus into answering a question that seems to have no right answers, he nimbly skips up that precarious edge to point us beyond—and above.

  • THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    October 25, 2020

    Rather than thinking of our love for God in terms of quantities, perhaps understanding it as having dimensions will allow God to beckon us more deeply into love, into greater constancy of love.

  • all saints day

    November 1, 2020

    Do we imagine the heavenly banquet as having an aroma? One that wafts toward us, lifting us up in the manner of a blissful cartoon character? Oh, what a fragrance the celestial delights must have?

  • THIRTY SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    November 8, 2020

    The life of faith often holds us in paradox between a fear of what is to come and assurance that in Christ all will be well. Christians must learn to live within that tension.

  • THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    November 15, 2020

    God invests in us; we in turn, invest our lives in God. The danger comes in making our spiritual lives too transactional. Rather, we invest-and are invested in-through our relationship with the divine.

  • our lord jesus christ, king of the universe

    November 22, 2020

         The Glory of Jesus our king isn’t something we merely sit back and admire. It envelops us, and its majesty transforms us, until we become Christ-like through its presence and power.

  • FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    November 29, 2020

         Advent is a season that makes demands on our attentiveness. It is a time for us to pay attention to the ways in which the Divine beckons us.

  • second sunday of advent

    December 6, 2020

    John the Baptist is surely among scripture’s most challenging prophetic figures. To this day he points us to Christ and away from the world’s distractions.


  • THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    December 13, 2020

    There are times in human lives that a single, simple yes or no is all that is needed to clear the way for God’s great design. 


  • FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT/CHRISTMAS

    December 20-25, 2020

    As we prepare to celebrate Christ's birth, we can take a close look at his humble beginnings. How many aspects of it would have seemed impossible, yet they were not!

  • the holy family of jesus mary and joseph

    December 27, 2020

    God doesn’t promise a life that is always easy, or never knows sadness or trials. What God does promise us in Christ—is someone to share it all—the difficulties and the joys—no matter what.

  • THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

    January 3, 2021

    Whether it was Isaiah’s listeners wondering where God’s light was, or the Magi following a star to an unexpected place, or us trying to broaden our understanding of God’s mysteries, we know that God illumines the way. 


  • the baptism of the lord

    January 10, 2021

    Many times in the mission of Jesus, God uses commonplace things-river water, sinful men and women, bread and wine—to reveal the uncommon, divine grace.

  • second sunday in ordinary time

    January 17, 2021

         The call of Samuel might reinforce a disproportionate sense of call (or vocation) as an individual event.  Jesus shows us we are truly called to work with others.

  • third sunday in ordinary time

    January 24, 2021

    Jesus’ call to repentance is meant to lead us to spiritual health, not merely to be a scolding or a warning of impending punishment. We repent in order to live fully in God’s love.