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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – July 17, 2016 What does it mean to be hospitable? Biblical stories extol hospitality as both a duty and a work of mercy. The desert “Bedouin” hospitality is a necessity for survival; and since this necessity falls equally upon everyone, any guest is entitled to hospitality from ...read more
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – July 10, 2016 The story of the Good Samaritan in today’s Gospel (Luke 10:25-37) is one of the most treasured parables of the Bible. During my studies in the Holy Land, no matter how many times I traveled that perilous yet spectacular highway from Jerusalem to Jericho, ...read more
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – July 3, 2016 The theme of “peacefulness” appears in all three of today’s readings, and there is a definite link between the first reading from Isaiah (66:10-14) and the reading from the Gospel of Luke (10:1-12, 17-20). Isaiah’s poetry celebrates the long-awaited return of Israel from exile ...read more
Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul – Wednesday, June 29, 2014 June 29th marks the great solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. Peter’s journey was from the weakness of denial to the rock of fidelity. He gave us the ultimate witness of the cross. Paul’s pilgrimage was from the blindness of persecution to the fire ...read more
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – June 26, 2016 In the opening words of today’s Gospel, Luke clearly states where Jesus is headed. He is going up to Jerusalem where, as we heard predicted in last Sunday’s Gospel, he will be put to death. Without a doubt, Jesus speaks forcefully to us about ...read more
There is a story within the story of Laudato Sì – Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical letter “On the Care of our Common Home.” The letter is an overview of the environmental crisis from a religious point of view. Until the publication of the Pope’s important document one year ago on June 18, the dialogue about ...read more
“Apart from God’s Mercy, there is no other source of hope for human beings.” - Pope John Paul II ...read more
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – June 19, 2016 The second half of Luke’s Gospel is one continuous pilgrimage to Jerusalem, the city of destiny. For Luke, the Christian journey is a joyous way illuminated by the graciousness of the Saviour of the world. Along that way, Jesus asks a very important question ...read more
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – June 12, 2016 Throughout the Gospels, Jesus dines with sinners and takes the opportunity to teach some very important lessons about discipleship and holiness. As with so many things he did, Jesus’ befriending such types of people and eating with them angered his opponents, especially the religious ...read more
Reflection on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus presents us with the opportunity to reflect on the relevance of this profound image in our daily lives. The the Sacred Heart is never mentioned as such in Sacred Scripture, but its meaning fills the Bible from Genesis ...read more