Even though the Gospel stories are read over and over through the liturgical season every year there are new ways of hearing it that grab our attention. This time my attention was caught on the introduction to a passage from the Gospel of John, Chapter 5. Jesus went to Jerusalem for a feast. I am … Continue reading He went not for a feast. He went to bring mercy.
Last Sunday we were led to the desert of desolation. A harsh reality of our earthly pilgrimage. It is a desolate place with no food or water, no shade from the sun. It is an environment suited for the tempter to shake us from our faith, hope, and love of God. Jesus showed us how … Continue reading Prayer Transfigures
"One does not live on bread alone, but on the very word that comes forth from the mouth of God." "You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test." "The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve" (Matthew 4:1-11). Jesus is led by the Spirit, into the desert where … Continue reading Desert Experience
Jesus says in the Gospel that whoever loses his or her life for Jesus' sake will save it. He then juxtaposes it with a question: "What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself" (Luke 9:25). It was this particular phrasing that caught my imagination and led me … Continue reading Choices, Choices, Choices
"Through all your days, [...] keep the Lord in mind...at all times bless the Lord, and ask him to make all your paths straight and to grant success to all your endeavors and plans" (Tobit 4:5,19). I am blessed to work in a city where the Friars call home providing mass and other Sacraments daily. … Continue reading Keep the Lord in mind at all times