Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year C)

Dear parishioners Today’s gospel is usually entitled “The Prodigal Son”, however, the parable is more about who the Father is, rather than the son.  In this parable we discover the heart of God the Father; how he relates not just to his wayward son, but rather two of his sons who have gone wrong.   The first son rebels against the father.  He must be feeling that his father and his father’s house is an obstacle to his freedom.  So, he rebels, asks for an early inheritance, lives for fleeting pleasures, and is found empty.  How often we can see
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Third Sunday of Lent (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, In this Sunday’s Gospel, men come to Jesus and tell him of a massacre of Galileans by Pilate. They interpret the men’s fate as the consequence of their sin, considering themselves in the clear by comparison. No, Jesus answers, it is not that these men were worse sinners, but if you yourselves do not repent “you will all perish as they did.” What Jesus asks his hearers to draw from the events they have recounted to Him is simply this: the call to conversion. A call personal and for each one of us truly urgent.  Urgent because none
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Second Sunday of Lent

Dear parishioners, Today is the Second Sunday of Lent and we hear in the Gospel how Jesus was transfigured before three of his disciples, Peter, James and John. Jesus was seen conversing with Moses and Elijah: they “spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.” (cf. Luke 9:31) In this event of the Transfiguration that we meditate upon this Sunday, the Lord prepares us for the exodus that he is going to undertake. The exodus that he speaks about is not that of the Old Testament when the Israelites left Egypt to journey in the desert
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First Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners, Going into the Desert The Gospel this weekend speaks of the Holy Spirit leading Jesus into the desert for 40 days.  It is interesting that it was the God that led Him in to the desert. There is an obvious parallel with the Hebrews spending 40 years in the desert before they enter the promised land. In both cases, i.e. the 40 days of Jesus and the 40 years of Israel, the devil tempts and in the end they come through to establish the Kingdom.  Before going out to conquer the world, He shows us that the first
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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, I have chosen two verses from this Sunday’s Gospel for us to think about. 1.“…the fully trained disciple will always be like his teacher.” Our Teacher is Christ and He teaches by example. We can literally say that he SHOWS us the Way. Since He is the Way, we understand that for Him to SHOW us the Way He need only be, He need only live His life, He need only act… On the other hand, we have here the figure of the “fully trained disciple”. Who is this person? Have you ever met a “fully trained disciple”?
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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear parishioners Jesus invites us to act like a child of God. To act as a child is to imitate the Father who “is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked”. Yet here the question arises; what about justice? Shouldn’t evil doers be punished and disciplined? There is a time to judge and to discipline, but this must all be done in the same way that the Father does: with love. Especially in today’s age of “tolerance” and “anything goes” attitude we need to make sure that we are not slipping away from our responsibility to correct and to discipline.
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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear parishioners, In today’s gospel, we hear repeatedly the words “Happy are you…” Jesus tells his disciples how happy they are who are poor, who are hungry, who weep, and who are persecuted.  Our Lord seems to present to us a very special kind of happiness. Let’s admit it, all of us seek happiness. We do everything possible to have some kind of happiness: we make sure that we live well and provide what is necessary for our families; we make sure that we  have food on our tables; we love to be in an environment where there’s peace and
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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners The Gospel this Sunday has Peter and the others fishing.  They fish all night and they don’t catch a thing.  Jesus tells them to set out into the deep and cast their nets again.  They are professional fishermen, they know that there are no fish out there, but nevertheless they trust and hope.  They cast their net again and they catch too many fish for one boat to handle.  The Gospel ends with Jesus saying that He will make of them fishers of men.  There are a few points I want you to take from this Gospel.  First,
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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear parishioners In the second reading of today’s Mass the hymn to Charity insists on telling us that “without love” our best actions are really of no great value. This passage of the second letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians is a favorite of Christians of all time, all around the world. Unfortunately, it is not easy for any of us to practice it consistently. To say that the good folks of Nazareth acted “without love” in today’s Gospel would be a gross understatement. Sure, Our Lord said a few things that irked them. He stated facts, though.  He
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Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year C)

Dear parishioners, “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” Christmas is upon us.  The celebration in which we remember the coming of the messiah into the world.  The messiah, or the anointed one was the long-awaited hope of Israel.  Yet, this Messiah, this infant that came into the world was greater than anyone could have imagined; he is Emmanuel, which means ‘God with us’.  God came into this world as a child, this fact, this revelation of God was un-imaginable for the Jews, and so it should be for our minds as well.  How can eternity be
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