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July 22, 2015
In today's gospel, a crowd had gathered to see Jesus after he had withdrawn to the mountain for some solitude. Concerned that the people were hungry, Jesus asks his disciples where they could buy provisions to feed them and the puzzled Philip exclaims that "two hundred day's wages" won't be enough for a crowd numbering five thousand. When Andrew mentions that one boy brought five loaves and two fish, Jesus takes them, gives thanks, and then distributes the food so that everyone has more than enough.
July 15, 2015
"His heart was moved with compassion for them" (Mark 6:34). In contemporary ecumenical dialogues, today's second reading is used most frequently to set forth the ideal of the visible oneness for which we long. How do peoples who are separated become united? Today's readings emphasize the role of compassionate leaders in the work of reconciliation. In the New Testament texts the focus is on the person of Christ as the one who accomplishes oneness.
July 8, 2015

Readings: Am 7:12-15; Ps 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14; Eph 1:3-14; Mk 6:7-13

This Sunday officially falls within "Ordinary Time" on the liturgical calendar. But I suggest that we are living in times that are far from "ordinary"! Indeed, today's readings speak about extraordinary times - of prophetic challenge to moral conversion of heart and actions.

June 25, 2015

Readings: Wis 1:13-15, 2:23-24; Ps 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13; 2 Cor 8:7-9, 13-15; Mk 5:21-43

"Can I interrupt? This will just take a minute." It never does. The question requires a much more complex answer. The grocery line is much longer than anticipated. The holes in the panel you were asked to hold up didn't match up with the screws. It never takes "just a minute." The interruption means more of a commitment than you were originally presented with.

June 10, 2015
Like a Mustard Seed. I once saw a simple pendant the size of a small marble. It was clear plastic and in the middle was a tiny mustard seed. I was, of course, reminded of the parable found in today's Gospel, and I wondered at the possibilities that this tiny speck might hold. But when you think about it, everything comes from some kind of tiny seed, even each one of us did. Cosmologists tell us that the universe itself developed from the tiniest subatomic particle. The marvel of it boggles the mind. Just imagine - all of that potential packed into something that is too small to be detected even with our most powerful instruments. This is precisely what today's readings would have us consider. With great poetic insight, both the reading from the prophet Ezekiel and the passage from the Gospel draw on the seed metaphor to demonstrate the astonishing miracle of natural growth and the equally astonishing mystery of hidden potential.
June 3, 2015

Today's Scripture readings: click here.

May 20, 2015
A Spirit Rally for the Church. So many customs and feasts of our Christian Catholic tradition are rooted in the customs and feasts of the Jews. Pentecost is one such event. In Judaism, Shavuot is the Hebrew word for "weeks" and refers to the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai; this feast occurs seven weeks after Passover. Providentially, on the very day that Jews from around the world gathered in Jerusalem to reaffirm their commitment to the covenant with Moses, the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples of Jesus to offer the promise of the new covenant to all who will believe (Acts 2:1-42). This new covenant is a matter of the heart, touched by God's Spirit, leading to a life fruitful in the praise of God.