Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

“… [T]hrough it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.” Jesus uses the mysterious process by which a seed germinates and grows as an image of how the Kingdom of God grows. We live in the midst of many things, both natural and supernatural, that we...

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We begin the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time by going back to the beginning, to the Book of Genesis, the first book in the Bible, and to the early days of man in creation. In the verses before today’s passage, the serpent tempted Eve to eat the fruit of the forbidden...

The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Yesterday we celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and today we follow with the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Church has chosen to put these two special days back-to-back to impress on us that the essence of...

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

The heart represents the center or essence of a person or an idea. We say such things as, “take it to heart,” “get to the heart of the matter,” “don’t break my heart,” and other phrases. We speak of the heart as the wellspring of love and the seat of all that we...

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

The readings today cover a span of thousands of years in salvation history. We read in a sense the “bookends” of the story; on one end the Old Covenant of Moses, on the other the New Covenant of Jesus. The Liturgy, recalling the journey between these two landmark...

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

The readings on today’s great feast of the Most Holy Trinity hold many treasures for us. We hear Jesus giving us the Great Commission; we recognize the life and mystery of the Trinity expressed in his words; we experience joy in knowing that we are adopted sons and...