Fourth Sunday of Lent

There are times when we can become so involved in ourselves and in our own narrow interests, that we fail to see the full picture of what’s going on around us, and we can miss the obvious.  Today’s Gospel illustrates the destructiveness of such narrowness.  Our Lord had just healed a blind man in order…

The Annunciation of the Lord

When our fellow citizens and would-be politicians announce their intention to run for public office, they make a speech describing who they are and what they stand for.  Although today’s Gospel is not about politics, it does announce a new kind of government entering the world: the kingdom of God.  We hear how the archangel…

Friday of the 3rd Week of Lent

Jewish literature tells us that someone once asked the celebrated Rabbi Hillel to sum up the 613 precepts of the Mosaic Law while he stood on one leg—in other words, briefly.  Hillel replied, “What you hate for yourself, do not do to your neighbour.  This is the whole Law; the rest is commentary.” Separating himself…

Thursday of the 3rd Week of Lent

The history of our world is, to a large extent, the story of war, lust, greed and selfishness.  So, what’s behind it all?  Well, today’s gospel, as well as much of Sacred Scripture, implies that it is the devil.  Many people today will say that believing that there is a devil is naïve and childish,…

Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Lent

Years ago, I had a conversation with a Protestant friend who was convinced that Our Lord came into this world wielding a huge India rubber, and that when he redeemed us, he simply wiped out all the regulations of the Old Testament. But just because Our Lord accused some of the Pharisees of being too…

Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Lent

Speaking in parables was one of Our Lord’s most effective methods of teaching.  Our Lord had the ability to gain his listeners’ interest and involve them in the story’s drama.  But Our Lord’s parables weren’t simply engaging stories—they reveal to us the love of God and the values of his eternal kingdom; and they inspire…

Saint Joseph

Today the Church honours the man whom God chose to entrust Our Lord and Our Blessed Lady.  It is to Saint Joseph’s care that we owe so much because we see the faith of Saint Joseph, the faith which Saint Paul tells us is similar to that of the patriarch Abraham: because of his faith,…

Third Sunday of Lent

What a very human picture Saint John paints of the encounter between Our Lord and the Samaritan woman at the well.  Exhausted from a long walk in the hot sun, Our Lord sat down and dismissed Jewish tradition by asking this woman for a drink of water to quench his thirst.  For almost 400 years…

Saturday of the 2nd Week of Lent

The two brothers we hear about in the Parable of the Prodigal Son are quite different from each other.  The younger boy is headstrong and rebellious, while the older brother is more compliant and obedient.  If we look at these two brothers in spiritual terms, they can also represent two different stages of spiritual growth:…

Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick had many reasons to blow his own trumpet, should he have wished to.  Kidnapped as a child by slave traders and taken to a foreign land, he made a daring escape, and with God’s help he returned safe and sound to his home and family.  He could have enjoyed fame as the local…

Thursday of the 2nd Week of Lent

Our Lord’s parable about the rich man and Lazarus shows us just how much God cares for the poor of this world.  It’s a very moving story, but what does it have to do with our lives today?  Well, the scriptures tell us that God’s covenant with Israel depended on the way his people treated…