Bulletin: Aug 6, 2017

  Bulletin: Aug 6, 2017 The Transfiguration of the Lord Today’s feast of the Transfiguration presents the full force of God’s power. In the rare moments when humans are permitted to encounter God’s intense fullness, the human reaction is the same: fear. The prophet Daniel is so frightened by his visions that he falls flat on…

Bulletin: July 30, 2017

  Bulletin: July 30, 2017 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS LIKE… Parables and more parables. What have we to learn about the reign of God from so many parables? The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field. The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching…

Bulletin: July 23, 2017

  Bulletin: July 23, 2017 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Today we are faced with the powerful and almighty God, who deals with us, not out of anger and punishment, but out of kindness and forgiveness. God is forgiving and loving to those who ask and persevere in prayer. Even if we don’t know how…

Bulletin: July 16, 2017

  Bulletin: July 16, 2017 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Our responsorial psalm today is a beautiful song of the joy of the Earth, putting forth its bounty and rejoicing in its fruitfulness. We are filled with joy when we see images of the earth blooming. So many people describe their experience of God’s presence…

Bulletin: July 9, 2017

  Bulletin: July 9, 2017 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Humility is a virtue in short supply in today’s world. And yet our reading from the prophet Zechariah describes Israel’s coming king, in whom we Christians see Jesus, as humble, riding on a colt, the foal of an ass. No great procession for our Lord…

Bulletin: July 2, 2017

  Bulletin: July 2, 2017 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Which should we do? Turn our backs on our loved ones, or offer hospitality to all who come to us as Christ? Today we are told to do both, and yet there is no inherent contradiction here. Following Christ might mean that we need to…

Bulletin: June 25, 2017

  Bulletin: June 25, 2017 Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time “Praise the Lord, for [God] has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!” (Jeremiah 20:13). After the great recession of 2008, the middle class shrank, and people who lost their jobs and often their homes sank into poverty. This is…

Bulletin: June 18, 2017

  Bulletin: June 18, 2017 The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ The unifying motif of this year’s readings for today is God’s gift of living, life-giving Bread. Prefigured in the manna, which not only nourished individuals but defined Israel as a community under God’s special care, Jesus, the living bread, bestows on us—individually…

Bulletin: June 11, 2017

  Bulletin: June 11 2017 The Most Holy Trinity The Holy Trinity is one of those mysteries that we will never understand, yet we still believe. A homiletics teacher once warned never to speak of the Trinity for more than ten minutes, or for sure you would get into heresy. Good advice. It is easy to…

Bulletin: May 14, 2017

  Bulletin: May 14, 2017 Fifth Sunday of Easter   Today’s readings describe the complexities of trying to live a spiritual life while still living in a world that demands concrete action. Acts tell us about disagreements beginning to emerge in the early Christian communities over divisions of labor. Some people are praying and preaching…