Lent 2016

The Fifth Sunday of Lent ~ See, I am doing something new! It’s Mercy! It’s Forgiveness!

The Fifth Sunday of Lent ~ April 7, 2019 “See, I am doing something new!” says Isaiah. What is this “new thing” that is promised? It is mercy. It is compassion. It is forgiveness. It is Jesus our Lord! We saw this in the wondrous story of the Prodigal Son proclaimed last week. That story […]

The Fourth Sunday of Lent ~ Lost in the Wonder of God’s Love ~ the story of the prodigal son

The Fourth Sunday of Lent ~ Laetare Sunday ~ The sunday of joy halfway through Lent.  the color of the vestments is rose rather than violet ~ a little more festive. Today’s Gospel is the Story of the Prodigal Son. It’s been called the greatest short story in the world. By way of introduction to the […]

I’ve been to the mountain

The Second Sunday of Lent ~ February 21, 2016 Jesus takes Peter, James and John to a mountaintop and there they have ~ well ~ a “peak” experience extraordinaire.  It’s a great story.  It contrasts with last week’s story of Jesus in the desert being tempted by the devil.  Today Jesus is receiving a wonderful […]

The Fidelity of Jesus

THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT ~ February 14, 2016 This is a story about fidelity in the face of temptation. This is a story about the Jesus I know and love. First of all, let’s think about the scene.  The inhabited part of Judea stood on a central plateau that was the backbone of southern Palestine. […]

Transforming Love ~ Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dear Friends, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Valentine’s Day this year coincides with the First Sunday of Lent, February 14th. We’ve been talking about St. Paul’s Ode to Love (1 Corinthians 13) ~ the awesome love that transforms. But many of us don’t know how to love in a way that transforms because we’re more interested in getting love […]

CARNIVAL!

Dear Friends, Well, this week the Big Easy and Rio have one thing in common — one huge party.  And what is so interesting its very Catholic.  It’s a time to let your hair down before the strike of midnight Ash Wednesday when we  Catholics used to abstain from meat during  the six-week Lenten season. […]