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Elma, New York 14059


October 13, 2019

28th Sunday Ordinary C

On the way to Jerusalem, as Jesus enters a village, standing off, 10 lepers cry out: “Jesus, master, have pity on us.” Lepers, with their visible skin afflictions, are forced to live apart isolated socially and spiritually. Jews and Samaritans do not associate except when they find themselves shunned. Of the 10 lepers we know one is a Samaritan. After their healing, he returns glorifying God, prostrates himself and thanks Jesus.  

The lepers go, as Jesus directs, to the priests who can give an official OK that they are clean and able to return to their families. It is a dilemma. Do they return to Jesus to thank him for the healing or to their families after months even years of separation? Before we say anything about the ungrateful nine, we should examine our own lives. Have we expressed gratitude to a parent, friend, teacher, coach, doctor, nurse, or dentist who has done things for us that we cannot possibly repay? To the UPS driver, to emergency responder or check out at TOPS? We live in a consumer society with a sense of entitlement. We know what we don’t have and want; we fail to appreciate what we do have. Rather than coming up with a shopping list, we can come up with a “blessing list” of all that has been given to us.   

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” An attitude of gratitude kindles hopes of blessings to come. Mass is the perfect place to give thanks. “Eucharist” means “thanksgiving.”

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October 06, 2019

27th Sunday Ordinary C

Early Saturday morning I was listening to Classical Music on the radio. I perked up when I recognized the opening notes to be a movie score by John Williams – Superman! A comic book hero coming to life on the big screen. It is amazing how we are fascinated by “superheroes” from Superman to Wonder Woman – human beings or interstellar visitors to our planet who have ...


September 29, 2019

26th Sunday Ordinary C

In Thursday’s (9/26/19) Family Circus cartoon, the mom and three of her children are looking at a man sleeping on a park bench covered with newspaper and resting his head on a sack with his belongings. Dolly asks: “But if he doesn’t have a home, how can his children come for a visit?” When we see someone living on the street we don’t think of his or her family or...


September 22, 2019

25th Sunday Ordinary C

Perhaps you have made a similar observation or comment. When someone is arrested for wrongdoing that you know had everything going for her/him – ability, opportunity, education, good family, motivation and incentive to make a good living – but the person makes a choice to rip others off!  We shake our heads. The person could have chosen a different path. Our G...


September 01, 2019

22nd Sunday Ordinary C

Our first reading is “wisdom” from Jesus Ben Sira (late 3rd, early 2nd century BC). The wise seek wisdom. Know-it-alls don’t. Truly wise persons share what they have learned. Truly wise persons listen attentively. It is generational. “Humility” comes from “humus” earth. It is living with our feet on the ground – with honesty, balance and perspective. It is ... READ MORE

August 25, 2019

21st Sunday Ordinary C

I enjoy “Pickles” -- not out of jar but the cartoon. The comic strip tells the adventures and misadventures of Earl & Opal (elderly couple), Nelson (their grandson), Roscoe (the dog) and Muffin (the cat). A week ago, Earl and the dog return from a walk and find themselves locked outside with no key. Roscoe enters the house through the “doggie door” and when Ear... READ MORE

August 18, 2019

20th Sunday Ordinary

Some folks pushing 70 may recall an event that took place on a farm in Bethel, NY. Bethel is the name of the place in the Bible where Jacob dreams of seeing angels of God. “Bethel” in Hebrew means “House of God.” Can anyone remember the event? August 15-17, 1969. It was billed as a music and arts fair. Performers included Jimi Hendrix, Joe Crocker, Arlo Guthrie, Jo... READ MORE

August 15, 2019

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

I like the old name of this feast day. Back in the fifth century it was called “Natale” or “Dormitio” – the “Falling Asleep” of Mary. “Falling asleep” is a phrase of St. Paul that expresses our hope that those who die before Christ’s Coming will awaken to enjoy Christ’s victory over death, the resurrection. When Mary died she is given a singular honor... READ MORE

August 11, 2019

19th Sunday Ordinary C

It was unsettling! I walked downstairs early in the morning to open the church and noticed in the kitchen a carton of milk on the floor. Who would leave it there? I walked into the parish office. The closet door was open. It began to dawn on me that the rectory had been robbed. My living quarters were just up a flight of stairs, a few steps away. Jesus in our Gospel says: ... READ MORE

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