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

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (4th of July)

Tomorrow we will celebrate our country’s 241st birthday. Despite our struggles and our political differences, I am thankful to live in a country founded on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As I prepare to celebrate our freedom, I cannot help but recall that our freedom is not free. Like many of… Continue reading 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (4th of July)

12th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A

     Our bodies have a unique ability to preserve our lives. When we place our hand on a hot stove, our brain quickly sends a signal through our body and before we can rationalize it, we pull our hand off the stove. When we perceive a danger, without thinking about it, our blood pressure,… Continue reading 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A