How do we choose to be measured?

Leslie was nervous. She had been preparing for this moment all her life. Now it was here. She had been selected to sing a major part with … Read More

Only Jesus can give those assurances

There’s nothing obscure about today’s Gospel. Jesus says that those who are poor, hungry, grieving and persecuted are to be congratulated because they’re on the way to … Read More

Preaching beyond the church walls

“He sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.” What a wonderful idea! In an age without loudspeakers or sound systems it would have been difficult … Read More

Paul describes God’s way of loving

It is often the case that when a young couple is planning their wedding liturgy, they gravitate to the wonderful passage in 1 Corinthians 13 describing the … Read More

Enriched by Luke’s narrative

Like Luke, Anne Frank was a chronicler of events. I recently read an article about Miep Gies, the woman who helped hide the Frank family in an … Read More

‘Here’ is where you live and worship

John begins his Gospel before time began: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Jn 1:1). God, … Read More

How do you present yourself?

Have you ever found yourself watching what you thought was an interesting TV show just to find out later that it was really a commercial? Some people … Read More

All gifts spring from God’s love

The Magi enter the house where Jesus, Mary and Joseph are staying and present their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. These gifts are symbolic. Gold indicates … Read More

Picture Jesus with your family

There is a certain wisdom in placing this feast of the Holy Family immediately after Christmas and before New Year’s Day. Whether around the Thanksgiving Day table, … Read More

Keep the reality of Christmas in view

A technique for dealing with anxiety is “going to the happy place.” The happy place is a situation where you feel comfortable and relaxed. Faced with something … Read More