Twenty-First Sunday Year B

Does Jesus intentionally provoke His listeners in today’s Gospel (Jn 6:60-69)? In recent Sunday Gospels, we have seen people seek out Jesus, even searching for Him by crossing a lake in boats. Some were drawn by listening to Jesus’ teachings. Some were drawn by...

The Feast of the Assumption of Mary

Only a few times in a year does the Church celebrate a very special feast in place of the prescribed Sunday liturgy. This Sunday, August 15, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains the meaning of the...

Eighteenth Sunday of the Year – B

Last Sunday, the Gospel (John 6:1-15) recounted how Jesus miraculously fed the crowd with bread and fish. When the crowds wanted to make Jesus their king, He slipped away up to the mountain. During the night, the disciples found a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee to...

Trinity Sunday

Thomas Aquinas writes: “The purpose and the fruit of our whole life is the knowledge of the Trinity in unity” (Commentary on the Sentences, 1, 2, 1). In a way, Thomas is speaking about eternal life, the culmination of our lives, when we understand more clearly the...

Pentecost Sunday

In today’s Gospel, (John 15:26-27; 16:12-15), Jesus speaks of the “Paraclete.” The word “paraclete” only appears in the Gospel of John. Five “Paraclete” passages appear in chapters 14-16, which are part of John’s Last Discourse (chapters 14-17).  The expression,...

Solemnity of the Ascension or the Seventh Sunday of Easter

We often sympathize with individuals who persevere in their efforts in any area despite challenges. Their successes inspire us their successes confirm our instinct that the efforts of those who strive to do what is good and right, despite overwhelming obstacles, are...