Sunday Reflection

  • 30th Sunday: Lost and found

    Oct 20, 2016

    Jesus is shockingly hard on the rich. In the four “Woes” that parallel the four Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6:24-26), Jesus categorically condemns the rich. Filled, laughing, and well thought of now, the rich will be hungry, grieving, and weeping.

  • 29th Sunday: Monica’s Prayer

    Oct 14, 2016

    That widow in Jesus’ parable who kept badgering the judge to vindicate her cause — think of what she was up against.

  • What the Samaritan sees

    Oct 07, 2016

    When Naaman the Syrian is cured of his skin disease, he asks Elisha permission to haul off a pile of dirt.

  • Faith transforms crises into challenges

    Sep 30, 2016

    Horrible things were happening at the time that Habakkuk wrote our first reading for this week.

  • Problems with corporate wealth

    Sep 23, 2016

    We hate to be reminded of the idiocy of our practices: rewarding our entertainers with lavish bounty while resenting the person on welfare, giving golden parachutes to failed CEOs and nothing to workers laid off as their companies downsize or relocate to more profitable locales.

  • Using our ingenuity for the Lord

    Sep 16, 2016

    Today’s gospel reminds me of a story I read about an enterprising soldier. A young man joined the Israeli army and, after his training, etc, he was assigned to a tank division near the Israeli-Syria border.

  • There are no lost souls

    Sep 10, 2016

    The man asked for an appointment, came into the priest’s office and sat across from him. The priest didn’t know the man. He had no idea why he wanted

  • Vexing questions with a simple answer

    Sep 02, 2016

    Perhaps, we can call this “Vexing Sunday.” Two of the three readings for this week are really confounding.

  • Twenty-second Sunday: Reversals of Fortune

    Aug 25, 2016

    One tradition in the Hebrew scriptures, especially in the wisdom literature, frequently highlights the irony of inverted expectations.

  • Entitlement, Presumption and the Cost of Discipleship

    Aug 19, 2016

    A good place to begin today is a little discussion of the concept of entitlement. There are certain things that we are entitled to have.