17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sometimes, when I have nothing else to do on a Saturday evening, I switch on the TV and tune in to a PBS program called “Antiques Roadshow”.

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

As I approached the readings this week, I began to wonder: “Hmm… another Gospel parable about sowers and seeds.”  Why did Jesus tell two such similar stories back-to-back – thereby leaving summer preachers with the challenge of coming up with two different homilies on what seems to be the same to

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Listen!  A sower went out to sow.”  Thus begins a wonderful series of stories told by the great teacher, Jesus of Nazareth – stories which, two thousand years later, are still being told as around the world, Christians gather to be formed by the Greatest Story ever told.  As we gather on this ho

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

What burdens are YOU carrying?  Stop and think about it for a minute.  What aspects of your life – or the lives of those you know and love – seem the most difficult to accept, and to bear?   Burdens come in all shapes and sizes.   And no matter how rich, how famous, how integrated, how together someone may seem to the outside world – everybody is carrying something. 

But YOU … who do YOU say that I am?

Questions, questions.  We pray, we go on retreat, we come to Mass –  in order to carve out some space in our busy lives for God.  For many of us, that means talking to God.  Sometimes we do so in the formal language of vocal prayers, or through the Scriptures, or some other kind

The Legacy of Thomas Berry

Any time you see one of us women in the parish sharing a reflection, you know you will be receiving a message with a different angle, weaving into our liturgical season a special event or experience.  And so it is today.

The Fifth Sunday in Easter Time

“I am the way, the truth and the life…” Jesus says these words in answer to Thomas. Thomas is asking Jesus how they can follow him when they don’t know the way. Jesus responds with these words: “I am the way the truth and the life…” So, right away we interpret these words to mean something like: “My way is the way to heaven” or “Just follow what I have taught you.” These words do suggest that. 

Mother’s Day / World Day of Prayer for Vocations / Fourth Sunday of Easter

Throughout the whole Church today, we celebrate the 4th Sunday of Easter. This is also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday”, because in the Gospel, Jesus presents himself to us as the Good Shepherd who cares for his flock, who knows each of his lambs by name, who protects them from danger, who gives them “abundant life.” 

Third Sunday of Easter

“The Lord is risen, alleluia!” Today on this third Sunday after Easter we have one of the most beautiful stories of the risen Lord :the road to Emmaus. This story has been celebrated in art and literature over the centuries but for us ,its most important significance is expressed by the disciples walking along that road: “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road.” That sense of ‘our hearts burning within us’ is the response we all feel when we hear this Gospel proclaimed.

Divine Mercy / Canonization of SS. John XXIII and John Paul II / Second Sunday of Easter

As we complete our Easter octave, today’s Gospel presents us with the encounter between the Risen Christ and the struggling Apostle Thomas.  I have always liked Thomas.  I can relate to Thomas.  If ever I become Pope (a long shot, to be sure!), I think I would choose to be called Thomas.  (Although now that we have Pope Francis – not to mention our two new saints this weekend, John XXIII and John Paul II – it might be hard to make up my mind!)