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Dec. 11 - John is the model of discipleship even from prison
Two of the disciples of John the Baptizer visit him in prison. They must have placed much stock in John as the prophet who would usher in the new age and bring about the restoration of Israel as a nation. More ...
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Dec. 4 - John the Baptizer challenges us on our Advent journey
While John the Baptizer is a beloved figure in the Christian tradition, we generally know very little about him.  More ...
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Nov. 27 - We are preparing for the peaceable kingdom of heaven
As we enter the Season of Advent we begin our preparations for the Nativity of the Lord not by reflecting on the beautiful passages of the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, instead we are confronted with the image of the coming “Day of the Lord.” More ...
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Nov. 20 - The Kingdom of God is about mercy
This Sunday, on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, we celebrate the end of the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. It is the final Sunday of Ordinary Time and we bring to closure the three-year reflection on salvation history. More ...
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Nov. 13 - We see hope in the face of destruction

A sense of hopelessness seems to be pervasive in our society. That lack of hope – while not often specifically recognized by those who suffer – manifests itself in many ways: drug use, suicide, and a general feeling of malaise or depression.

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Sunday, November 6, 2016
Nov. 6 - The wisdom of the world is often demagoguery
The Sadducees were members of an ancient group composed mostly of Jewish priests and legal scholars more conservative than the Pharisees and certainly more rigid than Jesus.  More ...
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Oct. 30 - A tax collector teaches us mercy
Jesus knew well how to do what conventional custom deemed the “wrong thing.” Upon entering Jericho Jesus sees Zacchaeus the tax collector who climbed a tree to see Jesus. More ...
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Oct. 23 - Hubris gets in the way of conversion
Political election season is often filled with an air of hubris and that holier-than-thou rhetoric that can get very nasty.  More ...
Monday, October 17, 2016
Oct. 16 - Persistence in prayer changes minds and hearts
There seems to be a stark contrast between the First Reading and the Gospel on this 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time. The scene from Exodus is a battle scene where as Moses prayed the troops were successful in their military encounter. More ...
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Oct. 9 - Sometimes those on the outside see what we miss from the inside
Shortly after I was ordained a priest, I visited a parishioner in his 90s who was in hospice and nearing the end of his life. More ...
Sunday, October 2, 2016

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