Presence and Thanksgiving in the Time of COVID-19

My diocese, along with every other diocese in the United States, has halted the public celebration of Holy Mass for the foreseeable future. That is, priests, either accompanied by a deacon or alone, are still celebrating Holy Mass in the privacy of their parish or chapel, but without any parishioners in attendance (following the CDC’s […]

Weapons of Mass Damnation

Hear and understand: not what goes into the mouth defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man. – Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition Listen, and take this to heart. It’s not what you swallow that pollutes your life, but what you vomit up. – The Message In Jesus’ time there […]

The Nugget of Uncleanliness

Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders but instead eat a meal with unclean hands? At the school where I work I’m the faculty adviser for an extracurricular group know as the Worship Committee. This is a group of 6th – 8th grade students who assist me in maintaining the religious […]

You can’t come into Church wearing that!

 Just before this story in the Gospel of Luke Jesus has healed a paralytic and forgiven him of his sins. A little bit before that he had stirred up controversy with his public proclamation of the purpose of his mission. And now he again stirs up trouble by talking to Levi, inviting him to be […]

Lectio Divina

I have the privilege of teaching the Catholic faith to middle school students at my school (through daily religion class and seasonal retreats), as well as high school students and adults around our diocese (through my parish, through the Catholic School Office, and through the San Juan Diego Institute). One of my favorite ways to pray with […]

The Gospel According to Green Day

The Jesus of Suburbia is a lie. – Green Day, Are We The Waiting?   Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, […]

God’s Love is Everlasting

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 The first time I held […]

The Kingdom of Heaven is Like A Landowner

This past Sunday’s Gospel reading was about a landowner hiring day laborers to work his vineyard. I’ve blogged about this particular passage before, but two passages struck me this weekend as I heard it at Mass. Here’s the relevant passage (from the New American Bible): Jesus told his disciples this parable: “The kingdom of heaven […]

A Series of Posts – A Scripture Passage

I’ve already written about the passages where it talks about Jesus’ siblings, but one Scripture passage also deals with family – where he talks directly to Mary, his mother. The relevant text is: And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said […]