Palm Sunday – Year B

Palm Sunday is a good summary of our faith. In it we mix both glory and suffering, two opposite sides of what is the same coin, and all of it makes sense in the context of Jesus’ mission.

Fifth Sunday of Lent – Year B

“Sir, we would like to see Jesus.”

We don’t know what drew the Greeks to express their desire to see Jesus in the opening scene of today’s Gospel.

Fourth Sunday of Lent – Year B

When I was a child, playing games with my siblings and friends, if someone stumbled and fell, you would hear a voice saying, “God got you for being bad.”

Third Sunday of Lent – Year B

“For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God.”

What a striking revelation from this God in the act of engaging us in the work of building a covenant relationship.

Second Sunday of Lent – Year B

Not many people look forward to taking tests. That is quite normal. Even when we feel that we are well prepared there is that heightened anxiety, even dread.

Fifth Sunday of Lent – Year A

As a seminarian, one of my summer assignments involved bringing communion to the homebound and the sick in a local parish. Over the course of several months, I got to know many of the parishioners, and became especially fond of one young woman, whose situation was very sad.

Fourth Sunday of Lent – Year A

Have you ever heard Andrea Bocelli, the blind Italian man, sing? Have you noticed his closed eyes? In his blindness, he must see God in the darkness as he shares this experience through his angelic voice. Can you imagine his faith and his parents’ faith (they were advised by their doctor to abort him because he had serious disabilities in the womb).

Third Sunday of Lent – Year A

For the next three weeks of our journey through Lent, we will be invited to reflect on three of the most important spiritual symbols of our faith, namely water, light, and life. Our companions along the way will be the woman at the well, the man born blind, and Lazarus.

Lent: Week 1

Spirituality is one of those impressive words that is sufficiently vague as to mean anything you want. In its most broad sense it can encompass how one sees the world and deals with it a sensible human fashion. In this usage it begins with knowledge of the self and the real world beyond the self. It then moves to the development of rules of action for making wise and prudent decisions about living in such a world.