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March 18, 2018

5th Sunday of Lent

“Greeks” approach Philip: “We would like to see Jesus.” They are visitors in Jerusalem and they are drawn to see Jesus. Philip and Andrew have seen Jesus for an extended period of time yet they too are seeing more in him than meets the eye. Last week, Nicodemus, a Jewish Religious leader, a member of the Sanhedrin, comes to Jesus at night wanting to talk with him. Jesus says: “God so love the world that he gave his only son that everyone who believes in him may not perish but come to eternal life.” Now in Jerusalem, the “Greeks,” the disciples and Nicodemus will see Jesus lifted up on the cross and God’s glory revealed. “Son thou he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and when he was made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.”

It is not easy for us “to see” God one with Jesus on the cross. It is not easy to see Jesus – the Christ – in us and in others. A prayer attributed to St. Patrick expresses this abiding presence of Jesus in us: “Christ be with me. Christ before me. Christ behind me. Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me. Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me. Christ in every eye that sees me. Christ in every ear that hears me.” Fr. Albert Haase led our Lenten Mission. He puts it succinctly: “How can we hope to see Jesus when we die if we fail to see Jesus now in others especially those most in need?”  

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March 04, 2018

3rd Sunday of Lent

It surprises us. Jesus makes a whip, turns over tables and expels people from the holy Temple. The area is both a courtyard with access to sacred space for worship and a thoroughfare for visitors to move in and out of the city of Jerusalem. Pilgrims need to exchange offensive Roman coins (with images of the emperor or deities) in order to purchase an animal for sacrifice. ...


February 25, 2018

2nd Sunday of Lent

We are troubled by our first reading from the Book of Genesis: the testing of Abraham or the binding of Isaac. “Horrified” might be a better word to describe our reaction to hearing God asking Abraham to make “your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love” a holocaust, an offering. God’s intention is to test the devotion of Abraham. An angel of God is ready to int...


February 18, 2018

1st Sunday of Lent

I had breakfast yesterday with ladies from Magnificat – women who gather in the Spirit and give witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They were talking about a meeting in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina and the ensuing flood. They saw some of the devastation and heard both stories of the breakdown of law/order and of selfless giving and sacrifice. A woman said a dre...


February 04, 2018

5th Sunday Ordinary Time

“On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John” Mark 1:29. Early travelers to Capernaum had recognized the beautiful remains of the ancient synagogue but where was the site of Simon Peter’s home where Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law? Twenty five years ago Italian excavators discovered a house beneath the ruins of a Byza... READ MORE

January 28, 2018

4th Sunday Ordinary Time

In Wednesday’s Buffalo News I caught Mr. Wilson looking out the window in Dennis the Menace. Mrs. Wilson comments: “What’s bothering you George? Dennis isn’t even here.” Mr. Wilson replies: “That’s just it…He’s probably on his way right now.” Mr. Wilson is anxious! St. Paul writes to the Corinthians: “I should like you to be free of anxieties.” W... READ MORE

January 21, 2018

Third Sunday Ordinary Time

We detect urgency in the voice of Jesus. “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe the gospel.” John has been arrested! Jesus seizes the moment as if time is running out. Jesus in the Gospel according to St. Mark is on a rescue mission. But he takes time to engage Simon and his brother Andrew: “Come after me and I will make ... READ MORE

January 07, 2018


“The Magi set out because of a deep desire prompted them to leave everything and begin a journey. It was though they had always been waiting for that star.” (Pope Benedict XVI) How often do we walk before dawn or during the night and not observe the stars? But on occasion the night sky catches our attention and in a twinkling of a star we are keenly aware of the magnif... READ MORE

December 31, 2017

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph

The feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth is an occasion to speak of the importance of family no matter when the time or place. Families connect us to the past and create a sense of belonging; families are a cell or workshop of virtue and discipleship; and families kindle hope in the future. Jesus Ben Sira, author of our first reading, encourages young men (and daughters... READ MORE

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