The Longing: 5th Week of Lent

United With Love: Pledged With love in his eyes, we’ve reached the end of the aisle – our forty-day pilgrimage culminates with Holy Week, which, for Eastern Catholics, is celebrated as the Week of the Bridegroom.  It’s the week in which the Church, fertile with longing, aches to receive the gift of redemption poured out from the heart of the Bridegroom who gives himself away, not in pleasure but in agony. Like the grain of…

The Longing: 4th Week of Lent

Forgiven in Love: Adored Is there not a limit beyond which the Lord’s patience and mercy are exhausted, when we’ve used up our “one last chance”? Does He not get exasperated? Is it not reasonable to think that, at some point, the scales of Divine Justice reach a tipping point that cannot be rectified? Yes, that is reasonable! But that also isn’t how the Lord deals with us. It just isn’t, and thank God! As…

The Longing: 2nd Week of Lent

Staying in Love: Practicing Last week, we reflected on the invitation that comes to us at the start of Lent from the heart of the Bridegroom – I invite you to trust me and disrobe your heart – to take off the costume of the “self-perfected disciple”, and to stand before me in vulnerability so that you may experience the profound tsunami of my love, that it may wash over and into you, and that…

The Longing: Ash Wednesday

The Encounter with Love: Pierced Have you ever noticed at weddings, when the bride is coming down the aisle, looking radiant and joyful…have you noticed how people’s heads turn back and forth, like they’re watching a tennis match? They look at her, then up at the groom, then back at her, then back to him. She is, objectively speaking, the most beautiful one there, commanding our attention, and yet, for some reason we turn our…

Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Lent – Year B

On the Second Sunday of Lent, as we progress toward the sacrifice of the Cross, the Church turns our focus to Jesus as He blazes with Resurrection glory in his Transfiguration. We journey with the three Apostles to the top of the mountain, which signifies a particular closeness to God. We see the Kingdom of God has appeared in power in Jesus of Nazareth. We are all terrified at this unusual sight, at this Theophany….

Homily for the Chair of St. Peter

Do you have a problem with authority? It seems that many people do. It may not be outright rebellion, but at least skepticism. Do those in charge really have my best interests in mind? So much of what following a leader depends on is trusting that what is prescribed is really good for us. With so many examples of bad leadership, whether political, social, or religious, it is no wonder that many people, especially those…

Homily for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

Leprosy was a dangerous disease that has been associated with social taboo in the past history, especially in Israel and today’s first reading is a good witness to it. Once the priest declared that a person was leprous, the person was to be considered unclean and had to live apart from the society. At the beginning, it was just for a practical reason that the lepers were asked to live apart from the society, because…

Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B

I’m sure that most people have received some type of mail with “URGENT” stamped on it. Today the prophet Jonah speaks an urgent message to the people of the city of Nineveh. “Forty days more and Nineveh will be destroyed.” And the people heard it, repented of their sins and their city was spared. In the Gospel, Jesus presents an urgent message and calls his Apostles to share in spreading the news: “This is the…

Homily for the Baptism of the Lord – Year B

Water is probably to most important substances on Earth. Most of the planet and our bodies are made up of water. Water can be destructive like flash floods and tsunamis, but it also can be very beautiful and therapeutic like quiet babbling brooks, streams,and gentle waterfalls. The serenity produced by a quiet lake or pond can be healing or the awesome power of the ocean can produce great wonder and awe in the Creator. A…

Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent – Year B

The moment is almost here. “The mystery kept secret for long ages… [is soon to be] manifested” (Rom 16:25). Before we race ahead, though, let us linger a bit more on today’s mystery. If we are not careful, we can overlook it. Yes, one of the greatest mysteries is that the Word became flesh. But we just heard the account of the Annunciation, the moment when this Word became flesh. Today, we’re nine months from…