Fifth Sunday of Lent

[Jeremiah 31: 31-34; Hebrews 5: 7-9; John 12: 20-33] In today’s Gospel reading from John we are told that some Greek Jews approached the Apostle Phillip asking simply: “We want to see Jesus.” Aside from the fact that Phillip is portrayed as the ‘go-to man’ in this reading, the request to see Jesus is central … Continue reading “Fifth Sunday of Lent”

Fourth Sunday of Lent

[2 Chronicles 16: 14-16; Ephesians 2: 4-10; John 3: 14-21] Fourth Week of Lent – how is it going? Even if not so well,  remember it is never too late to begin focusing on prayer, fasting and giving to the poor. This may seem overwhelming or just another list of things to do, but, in … Continue reading “Fourth Sunday of Lent”

Third Sunday of Lent

[Exodus 20:1-17; 1Cor. 1: 22-25; John 2: 13-25] The Gospel of John today recounts the story of Jesus ‘cleansing the temple’ and is filled with action: making a whip, overturning tables and scattering coins. Sounds like Jesus had a bad hair day or was overcharged (can’t we all relate to that!)? Biblical scholars tell us … Continue reading “Third Sunday of Lent”

Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s Gospel reading from Mark relates the story of the Transfiguration, when Jesus was transfigured along with Elijah and Moses before the eyes of the apostles Peter, James and John. Pretty cool story but what does it say to us during Lent? I think a few things are important. First, most New Testament scholars say … Continue reading “Second Sunday of Lent”

First Sunday of Lent

The first Sunday of Lent and no doubt some are asking what ‘you gave up for Lent’. Perhaps you are hesitant to answer or answer boldly, but many people wonder about this ‘giving up’.  This is a form of fasting and penance but didn’t the Second Vatican Council get rid of such ‘old fashioned ideas’? … Continue reading “First Sunday of Lent”

Ash Wednesday

Lent is upon us once again- didn’t we just finish celebrating Christmas? In any case, here we are in a liturgical season when, as an entire Church, we are called to focus on prayer, fasting and alms-giving (i.e. donations to the poor). This is a time of year that reminds us that we are not … Continue reading “Ash Wednesday”

World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day. Cancer is #2 among the leading causes of death in both the United States and the world. Approximately 75% of cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, countries where the number of cases is also rising most rapidly. Never are the medical and ethical dilemmas in mission medicine more … Continue reading “World Cancer Day”

Martin Luther King Jr

Since 1986, the third Monday of January has been set aside as a Federal holiday to celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. There is so much that can be said, so much that can be quoted. Yet I hope we can take time today to pause and read his … Continue reading “Martin Luther King Jr”