I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11-16 In the Gospel according to St. John, Jesus makes several statements about himself to try to inform and reinforce his message to those willing to hear. To begin, it’s best to see why these statements had such an impact on his hearers....

“Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” John 20:19-31 Poor Thomas. Thomas has been saddled with the name “Doubting Thomas” for a very long time. No one refers to Peter as “Sinking Peter,” because when he got out of the boat to go to Jesus, he looked down, and started to sink because he got scared. What about Andrew and Philip, who questioned Jesus on the h...

“By grace you have been saved” from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 2:4-10 When I was a young boy, my family would take trips to see my grandmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins in New Orleans. My two older sisters and I would sit in the back seat, and my mom would try very hard to keep us entertained with games. There were no music players, no headphones, no iPads to keep us busy. Parents today have it so easy. Setup the iPad with a m...

Faith, Love and Forgiveness
Uncategorized / June 12, 2016

Luke 7:36-50 Jesus he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” This story shows us the difference between miserly and extravagant love. Simon, a Pharisee who invited Jesus to dinner probably did so out of curiosity. He had likely heard of Jesus’ teaching, and how he healed the servant of the centurion, and raised the widow’s son who had died. So perhaps he had to see for himself who Jesus was, and if a...

The Sanctity of Life
Uncategorized / June 5, 2016

“Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!” and “God has looked favorably on his people!” from the Gospel of St. Luke. Last week we heard about how Jesus ...

Who do you serve?
Uncategorized / May 29, 2016

“Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed,” from the Gospel of St. Luke. Three of our readings today speak of servanthood. In the first reading from the First book of the Kings, Solomon stood before the altar of the temple and praised God for his steadfast love toward his servants who walk b...