Lives of holiness and devotion

This Sunday’s Gospel presents us with the opening of Mark. Unlike Matthew and Luke, who give us infancy narratives, Mark begins with the ministry of John the … Read More

Gospel provides a good reminder

Happy New Year! This weekend marks the First Sunday of Advent and, with it, the beginning of the new liturgical year. Colors in church shift from green … Read More

Be open to entertaining angels

“Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.” This verse from St. Paul (Heb. 13:2) was the basis for the title of a … Read More

Why is the third servant punished?

At first glance one would think that many employers, even today, would be thrilled with the industriousness of the first two servants in today’s Gospel. These two … Read More

Actively watch, anticipate and prepare

During the church year we celebrate a number of solemnities such as Christmas and Easter. Some of these celebrations are so significant that the church mandates a … Read More

Is your spirituality authentic?

“I’ve been watching you – for two years.” Gail was in the process of cleaning up after a meeting at her parish. The speaker was a friend … Read More

Walk with your neighbor in harmony

Every time I read this Gospel I think of a gathering I attended several years ago when I had the good fortune to speak to some 300 … Read More

Whose image is on the coin?

“Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” It sounds so simple. The question is, how do we determine which … Read More

Discipleship is open to all believers

The king is having a wedding feast. The guests are invited. Unfortunately, some of the chosen people find excuses not to attend. Because the king wants the … Read More

Good intentions lost along the way

They killed his servants and then they killed his son. But was that really what the tenants had intended to do when they originally leased the land? … Read More