‘Strive to enter the narrow gate’

“Lord, will only a few people be saved?” Today the question might be, “Who will be saved?” Or, “Are you saved?” A similar question, but Luke puts … Read More

Rejection can follow the way of truth

In the first reading this week Jeremiah has been thrown into a cistern because his prophecy did not agree with the prevailing opinions of the princely leaders … Read More

How are Mary’s words received today?

They tell me that there are countries in South and Central America where praying the words of Mary’s Magnificat (the words Mary speaks to Elizabeth in the … Read More

‘Enjoy life’ as a gift from God

Recently, a “Peanuts” cartoon grabbed my attention. In the cartoon, Charlie and Snoopy are sitting at the edge of a dock overlooking the water and surrounding landscape. … Read More

Answer the knock on the door

It’s no secret that countries around the world are currently experiencing an economic crisis of epic proportions. While experts assure us that our unemployment rate is going … Read More

Welcome strangers with compassion

Both the reading from Genesis and the Gospel this week present stories of hospitality. In Genesis, Abraham meets three travelers and invites them to stay with him. … Read More

Who would walk by you?

Who is your Samaritan? Not literally, of course, since most of us probably don’t really know anyone from Samaria, but that person who you think would be … Read More

More than words for St. Paul

Through Jesus’ death on the cross, St. Paul says, “the world has been crucified” to him and he to the world (Gal 6:14). With this shocking image … Read More

Embrace life with open eyes and ears

At first glance, the readings this Sunday seem to be speaking in opposites. In the Book of Kings, Elijah the Prophet invites Elisha to follow him. When … Read More

The Eucharist is food for today

One image Vatican Council II uses to describe the church is that of a pilgrim people. Pilgrimages in their most basic understanding are holy journeys. When one … Read More