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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – July 30th, 2017 Solomon seeks wisdom It is important to know the historical background for today’s first reading from the First Book of Kings 3:5-12. Solomon had just been installed as the third king of Israel. The lot of leadership fell to him, the favoured son of ...read more
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – July 23rd, 2017 Once again in this week’s Gospel passage, images of growing trees, shrubs and plants provide us with powerful insights into the quiet and slow ways that God’s Kingdom grows among us and within us. Today’s Gospel story is peculiar to Matthew (13:24-33). Central to ...read more
In response to numerous questions over the past two weeks about Jesuit Fr. James Martin’s book, Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity, I have prepared the following reflection. ...read more
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A In verse 10 of today’s first reading from chapter 55 of the prophet Isaiah, we read: “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for ...read more
In this tiny but powerful Rule, Benedict put what he had learned about the power of speaking and oratorical rhythms at the service of the Gospel. He did not drop out of school because he didn't understand the subject! Scholars have told us that his Rule reflects an understanding of and skill with the rhetorical rules of the time. ...read more
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – July 9th, 2017 During one of my summer undergraduate study programs in France, I recall visiting the Abbey of Saint-Honorat on the Îles de Lérins in southern France. I was particularly struck by a medieval figure of the crucified Christ in the Abbey Church. The Crucified One, ...read more
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – July 2nd, 2017 In light of today’s colourful story in the first reading from the Second Book of Kings, I offer some reflections on the virtue of hospitality.  What lessons of hospitality can we learn from the Shunamite woman and her husband?  Many stories from the Books of Kings ...read more
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – June 25, 2017 Jeremiah 20:10-13 Romans 5:12-15 Matthew 10:26-33 The tragic portrait of the Jeremiah in today’s first reading presents us with a story of deception, sorry and terror that have brought this great prophet to the edge of despair. Despite everything that has gone wrong for him, he ...read more
Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Year A – Sunday, June 18, 2017 Our three Scripture readings for today’s solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ describe three wonderful ways to talk about the gift of the Eucharist. Allow me to offer some reflections on each of readings and conclude with how ...read more
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Year A – Sunday, June 11th, 2017 The Holy Trinity is a mystery that Scripture does not prove. This Sunday following Pentecost, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Blessed Trinity. The Triune nature of God is the principal mystery of the Catholic faith. Today we contemplate the first and ...read more