The Spirit Speaks

The Spirit Speaks

“But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming” (John 16:13-14).

During a recent Confession, I realized my greatest desire was truly to do the will of God; at the same time, coming to grips with this is also my greatest difficulty.

Signing the Passion

Signing the Passion

“Truly this man was the Son of God!”
~ Mark 15:39b

Ah, Palm Sunday. My sons used to refer to it as “the Mass that requires us to stand forever and ever (amen).” It is the Mass that turns most healthy, able-bodied children (and even some adults) into spaghetti-legged blob-o-kids.

There was a time when even my body balked when I heard the priest announce, “This morning, we’ll be following the LONG form of the Gospel.”

RSVP to God’s Banquet

RSVP to God’s Banquet

“‘Come, everything is now ready.’ But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves” (Luke 14:18). Immediately, when called to communion with the King, the invitees start making excuses. They cling to their worldly attachments, putting their to-do lists and material desires before the relationship with the King. Sound familiar?

Were you at Mass last weekend? Did you put aside all worldly distractions to be present at the most lavish banquet the King has to offer? Recall Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel, “Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God.”

How Not to Be the Wicked Tenant

How Not to Be the Wicked Tenant

Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you
and given to a people that will produce its fruit.” 
-Matthew 21:43

These verses from Matthew’s Gospel are a parable, an allegory of Salvation history. God is the Vineyard Owner, the prophets are servants, and the Son is Jesus Christ. He would come in the name of the King and be rejected and killed. It was the practice in Jesus’ day that the land tenants would give a portion of their proceeds to the vineyard owner.

Behold the True Lamb

Behold the True Lamb

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Liturgical Year A) Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 John 1:29-34 During this time of the National Eucharistic Revival, the faithful should take every opportunity to reflect on the Real and True Presence of Jesus. As John the Baptist...
Stay Awake and Prepared – Mass Reading Reflection

Stay Awake and Prepared – Mass Reading Reflection

How ironic that I write about today’s Gospel, which includes the words “stay awake” while on a red-eye flight from Boise, Idaho, back to the east coast. Sadly, following Jesus’ warning, at least while a passenger on that airplane, was not difficult, thanks to the...