The Gospel message from Luke 12:8-12 is a powerful exhortation from Jesus to his disciples telling them that the Holy Spirit will speak through them when the time is right, but warning them that the penalty for blaspheming against the Holy Spirit is steep. Fr. Michael teaches that falling into discouragement is akin to this…Details
The Piety Gap (or Woe to You Hippocrates) refers to the Scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ time, and the holier than thou Christians of our time. It is about those who bemoan the faithlessness of others while missing the crucial obstacles to faith in their own lives. Fr. Michael reminds us that Jesus’ Gospel is…Details
James and John ask Jesus to sit at his right and at his left. Little do they know what Jesus will soon go through and who will be on his left and right as he enters his glory. Fr. Jim reminds us that so often we too make long term commitments without knowing the full…Details
We pray this prayer at every Mass so it is easy to take it for granted. Fr. Michael reminds us that it is the prayer Jesus himself taught to the disciples. It is the prayer of Peter and Paul, St. Augustine, St. Francis of Assisi and so many more. It unites Catholics and Christians throughout…Details
A rich man comes to Jesus and kneeling before him, asks “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” The rich man asks the right question but doesn’t like Jesus’ answer. Fr. Jim challenges us: What is God asking us to tithe that is holding us back from Him? Read the Gospel (Mark…Details
It is easy to forget sometimes that God is God and we are not. Fr. Michael reflects on the major news of our World today and compares that with the story of Job. He concludes with some words from a Lutheran pastor that show just how easily we forget that God is God and we…Details
Mark 10:2-16 addresses the difficult topic of marriage, divorce and re-marriage. In Jesus’ time, divorce was very different than it is today. A man could divorce his wife for any reason and with no warning. Jesus is tested with this reality and responds that cavalierly ending a marriage is a sin. Listen as Fr. Jim…Details
The decisions we make as Christians should be influenced by our faith and the teachings of Jesus. St. Ignatius formulated specific ways to do this and Fr. Michael illustrates these techniques today.