20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

     Do me a favor. Close your eyes, and imagine yourself as the woman in today’s Gospel. Here’s the situation, your daughter is at home tormented by a demon, you have tried everything to heal her and as your hope for a cure is fading you hear that Jesus is passing through your village. While… Continue reading 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

     Every spring graduates, are forced to sit at their graduation and listen to someone deliver the big commencement address. While these speeches often put you to sleep, every now and then one stands out for its brilliance. This year Chief Justice Roberts delivered a very unconventional yet insightful commencement address at his son’s high… Continue reading 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Interpreting the Constitution to Uphold the Common Good

     From May 25th to September 17th 1787, the 55 delegates of the Constitutional Convention met to draft what would become the Constitution of the United States. When the Constitution of the United States took effect on March 4, 1779, it became the supreme law of the land. For the past 238 years, the Constitution… Continue reading Interpreting the Constitution to Uphold the Common Good

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

          As a priest, I am blessed to be invited into people’s lives at some of their most difficult moments. As I meet with people from all walks of life, confronting every life situation imaginable, I find myself often receiving way more than I give. Without fail, every time someone invites me into their… Continue reading 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

          I often meet people who tell me they want nothing to do with the Catholic Church because people in the Catholic Church are just as lousy as everyone else. They say that like the rest of the world, Catholics are hypocrites, thieves, liars, gossips, cheats, snobs, ect. Like the farmer’s servants in today’s… Continue reading 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

     There are some Gospel passages, which at first glance leave me a little perplexed and today’s Gospel is one of those passages. I’ll be honest with you, when I first read today’s Gospel I was not only confused but a little frustrated. How can Jesus say, “come to me all you who labor and… Continue reading 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A