32nd Sunday C: Do Not Be Afraid!

The first reading for this Sunday is intense.  In 165 B.C., a new King, Antiochus Epiphanes decided that everyone in his domains should follow Greek practices.  Many Jews went along without complaint as they wanted to be part of the new modern Hellenistic culture.  They built gymnasiums where they would exercise in the rather immodest … [Read more…]

27th Sunday INCREASE OUR FAITH!

It takes courage to practice faith, because just like courage, every act of faith carries within it a certain amount of fear.  Those who hide from life and making commitments know very little about either courage or faith. Faith like courage is gutsy; it demands commitment to something or someone beyond us.  Faith like courage … [Read more…]

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Humility

Today’s readings call us to consider the topic of humility.  Humility is a virtue that most of us struggle with.  Its opposite, pride, is the fundamental flaw of all human beings.  Consider the first sin of Adam and Eve.  The serpent appealed to their pride.  They ate the apple, not because they were hungry, but … [Read more…]

21st Sunday: Embracing Our Christianity

“Oh, poor us, poor us,” they moaned. “This is all so hard,” they complained. “Our parents and grandparents were so excited by this new faith, this Christianity, but we are not all that excited. We put up with it though, just in case it is right. But it is such a struggle to be Christians. … [Read more…]