18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Francis)

Last Sunday in our Gospel reading we heard about the Feeding of the Five Thousand and we came to the conclusion that it is a miracle which is closely linked to the Eucharist. After the people were fed Jesus withdrew from them to the hills because he realized that they...

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Francis)

We begin today the first of five Sundays where a series of Gospels taken from the sixth chapter of the Fourth Gospel interrupts the Year of Mark. John 6 consists of an account of the multiplication of the loaves (John 6:1-15), which forms the Gospel for today,...

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Francis)

Looking for Shepherds: In much of Western society there is a crisis of authority nowadays. Merely being placed in charge no longer ensures unquestioning obedience. The ideal leader today is one who can win respect and generate trust, one with an obvious sense of...

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Francis)

A seventy-year-old widow had a serious heart attack. During her ordeal, she encountered the Lord who said to her: “You are not yet going to die.” She asked, “Lord, how many years more will I live?” The Lord answered, “Thirty years more.” Delighted by the news, she...

Birth of St. John the Baptist (Fr. Francis)

Today we are celebrating the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist. He was the cousin of Jesus Christ and the son of Zechariah and St. Elizabeth. His father was a priest of the order of Abia whose job in the temple was to burn incense. St. Elizabeth was a...