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Ash Wednesday – March 5, 2014 Ash Wednesday makes one’s faith very visible and public. Not offensively — but also not easy to miss — the sign of our faith shows up in the office, at school, on buses and subways, in lines at the grocery store, or at the gas station. This small symbol ...read more
The First Sunday of Lent, Year A – Sunday, March 9, 2014 Today’s Scripture readings for the first Sunday of Lent immerse us into the depths of Lent. The readings and today’s psalm 51 sound overtures of the great themes that we will hear and live over the next six weeks. Reflecting on today’s first ...read more
  The Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – March 2, 2014 In today’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel (6:25-34), Jesus does not deny the reality of human needs (v. 32), but forbids making them the object of anxious care and, in effect, becoming their slave. Those who truly know God as the heavenly Father ...read more
The Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – February 23, 2014 The three Scripture readings today issue three calls to us– to be holy as the Lord our God is holy; to not deceive ourselves with the wisdom of this age; and to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Let ...read more
The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – February 16, 2014 Matthew’s Gospel reflects the situation of the early Church after the destruction of Jerusalem (70 A.D.). Throughout the Gospel, Jesus affirms the permanent validity of the Law (Mt 5:18-19), but in a new interpretation, given with full authority (Mt 5:21-48). Jesus “fulfils” the ...read more
The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Sunday, February 9, 2014 Jesus of Nazareth was a master teacher and a great storyteller. I can easily picture him teaching and preaching to his young friends as they sat on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, on hillsides, in deserted places or in the ...read more
The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord – Sunday, February 2, 2014 In 1997, Blessed John Paul II established the special Day of Consecrated Life to coincide with the Feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem (February 2).  The Pope gave three reasons for his selection of February ...read more
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Sunday, January 26, 2014  Both today’s first reading from the prophet Isaiah [Is 8:23-9:3] and the Gospel passage [Mt 4:12-23] keep alive the memory of Christmas for us.  “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep ...read more
Red Mass Homily, Holy Rosary Cathedral Vancouver, January 16, 2014 Archbishop J.M. Miller, CSB Dear brother priests, dear members of the St. Thomas More Guild: lawyers and their co-workers, members of the judiciary, and law students; dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Introduction Today’s sober readings speak of “sharing Christ’s sufferings” (1 Pet 4:13), while ...read more
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Sunday, January 19, 2014 In today’s Gospel passage (John 1:29-34), the figure of John the Baptist appears once again almost as if to send us back to Advent…to look carefully at the evidence of the Baptizer and of Jesus, and to make some decisions about our own ...read more