Praying always without becoming weary!

In today’s Gospel from Luke, Jesus tells His disciples the necessity of praying always without becoming weary. He describes a widow who is persistent in her pursuit of what is just. Deprived of rights after her husband’s death, she insists on the protection afforded by the Law of Moses for widows and orphans.   She…

Gratitude a Gift from God

At the end of the fourth Gospel, St John’s Gospel, we are told that if everything Christ did during his brief earthly life were written down, the entire world would not contain the books. We can infer, therefore, that many, maybe even the majority of Christ’s miracles and encounters were not recorded in the New…

DONNING OUR APRONS

  Megan McKenna, the famous  theologian who has taught at many major Catholic institutions including Fordham, once reflected on our Gospel for today and wrote: Jesus tells two parables of a master and a servant. In the first, the master dons an apron in delight when he finds his servants ready and he waits on…

The Lord hears the cry of the Poor

In the First Reading, Prophet Amos castigates the rich in Israel not so much for their ivory seats or golden vessels, but for their neglect of the ruin of Joseph. By Joseph Amos means their poor brothers and sisters, fellow Israelites. We recall in the book of Genesis how the sons of Jacob sold their…

A Message From Missionary Priest Fr Bill Vos

The Mission Cooperative Appeal is an annual program in which missionaries from around the world speak at each parish. The goal of this appeal is to increase awareness of missionary work and to raise funds to help missionary organizations continue their evangelization efforts. In the Diocese of Sacramento, 48 different missions were selected this year…

Gods Limitless Love for Us

These parables teach us more about the heart of God than a whole library full of theological treatises. They show us vividly that God cares about each one of us, he will not rest if only one sheep is missing, or one coin is lost. They show us that he cares deeply enough to go…

Supreme and Extreme Love

  “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, his wife and Children, his brothers and sisters, indeed his very self, he cannot be my Disciple.” A traditional hymn begins: “Jesus, my Lord, my All, how can I love Thee as I Ought?” We Love Jesus as we ought by loving him…

Following the Law of Humility

Christ is a King, and kings rule their kingdoms with laws. One of the most important laws in Christ’s Kingdom is the law of humility. This law says that “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and everyone who humbles himself will be exalted”. In other words, greatness in his Kingdom comes not from outdoing…

Salvation: God’s gift to Humankind!

    The opening verse in the First Reading, from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah which says: “I come to gather nations of every language; they shall come and see my glory,” reminds us that in the hierarchy of grace, it is God who takes the initiative: God comes and gathers us first, before…

“FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS”

“FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS” “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, Who inspires and perfects our faith. (Heb 12: 2) When we are persecuted and, like Jeremiah, thrown in the muddy cistern to die, “Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. “When we are tempted to “grow despondent or abandon the struggle, “Let…