Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Ascension of Jesus: Turning Point of the Apostles in spreading the Gospel   In the Gospel we are told that the Disciples– the simple and ordinary folks from Galilee are now sent to proclaim the Gospel. They take over the place of Jesus who just ascended into heaven and took his seat at the right…

A Reflection from John Bartunek, LC, THD

Christ the Friend —   This is Jesus’s first encounter with his first disciples. It is the beginning of the second half of human history-an important occasion. Surely the evangelist is describing every detail with care, most especially the very first words that Jesus speaks in the Gospel. He asks the future Apostles a simple…

Third Sunday in Advent

Lets Spread Christian Joy   All of us here today believe in Jesus Christ and his unhesitating love for us, the source of true, lasting joy, and yet, often the troubles of life seem to fill our hearts with discouragement and sadness. When that happens, we need to turn back to Christ in prayer, to…

What’s Your E.T.A.

Flight trackers, GPS apps, and mission control centers have one thing in common, they’re always projecting the estimated time of something’s arrival. Weather, traffic, detours, and other mishaps can impact that E.T.A., which is why it is only an estimated time. Some arrive earlier, and some arrive later. The message of today’s readings is that…

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Greatest Commandment: Love of God and Love of Neighbor   “You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all  your mind – – – you shall love your neighbor as your self.” (Matthew 22:37-39). The heart is considered the center of knowing and feeling, the soul the…

First and Last

We all want to get in on the ground floor. We want to be the first to respond so that we can be first to receive the benefits of our fruitful associations. The latecomers cannot be the first—get to the back of the line! That’s only fair. The world outside the kingdom of heaven works…

Christian Privilege: Forgiven to forgive

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Fr. John Monbourquette, in his bestselling book How To Forgive, writes: “If you want to be happy for a moment, then seek revenge. If you want to be happy for a life time, then grant forgiveness.” He follows it up by presenting the four possibilities and consequences if we do not…

The Divine Mercy: Fruit of Lent and Easter

St. Gregory of Nazianzen called the Second Sunday of Easter (Octave or Eight Day of Easter) as “the birthday of salvation”; St. Augustine as “the compendium of mercy”; and St. Thomas Aquinas as “the second perfection of Easter.” Then, on April 30, 2000, as he canonized St. Faustina, St. John Paul II named the Second…

Our Only Response Is JOY

We were created for joy. You never hear someone say, “You know, this whole joy thing is not for me. I wish I had a little bit more misery in my life.” We are created for joy, but we come to realize that it’s not something we can just buy at the local Store. Think…

Gods Power for Those Who Believe

In the Gospel today, Jesus shows us our faith, combined with Him is something much more. It is not just a passive faith that takes the shots as they come. Through Martha’s faith in Christ, we see the power of belief conjoined to God. When news reaches Him that Lazarus was sick, He didn’t hurrying…