The Cross Always Stands Before Us

The Cross Always Stands Before Us

The Gospel today, as always, presents us with a challenge. The challenge begins in the first reading from Wisdom, “For who can learn the counsel of God? Or who can discern what the Lord wills?” (9:13) We have often heard it said that God’s ways are not our ways. We...
Jesus is Enough for Me

Jesus is Enough for Me

Many times when I go to wedding receptions, I purposely stay by the bar and wait for the bride, groom, or parents of the bride and groom to approach me. They may see me and then invite me to sit by grandma at one of the head tables. For some reason, the priest always...
Our Gate Versus God’s Gate

Our Gate Versus God’s Gate

In the Protestant church in which I grew up, I was taught that we had a hold on truth. How my church interpreted the Bible was correct, and all other churches were wrong. The pastor said had the final say on the truth that was in the Bible. I was a normal member of...
Setting the World on Fire

Setting the World on Fire

Jeremiah has set things on fire with his words of admonishment again the king and his policies. When he tried to stop himself, his heart felt as if it was burning within him. He couldn’t help himself. He had to proclaim God’s message, no matter the consequences. The...
Less Is More. It Really Is

Less Is More. It Really Is

The three readings for this Sunday ask us to look at what we have. I do not mean to look inward at yourself and your talents/gifts. The three readings ask us to look at what we have as our material possessions and what real value we should put on them. In the first...
Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Jesus was praying. He was a man of prayer. His disciples saw that, so they asked him to teach them to pray. Today we might make the same request. And what does he teach us? First of all, that God is our Father and wants to give us good gifts. He tells them to look at...