What is Love?

Take up your cross and follow me!

The Fifth Sunday of Lent 2018 We are one week away from Holy Week. May we prepare to celebrate the mysteries with profound reverence and love. “The hour has come” Jesus says, “for the Son of Man to be glorified.” “I solemnly assure you,  unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, […]

God so loved the world . . . (John 3:16) Do you believe?

The Fourth Sunday of Lent 2018  We’re half-way through Lent now and traditional this is known as Laetare Sunday ~ Laetare in Latin, meaning “Rejoice!”  However, today’s readings don’t seem to have that kind of flavor. The Responsorial Psalm has us sing: “Let my tongue be silenced if ever I forget you, Zion!” The priests’ and […]

The Cleansing of the Temple ~ Cleanse us too, O Lord!

The Third Sunday of Lent March 4, 2018 Once again, I rely heavily on our Scripture scholar-friend William Barclay for his insights for today’s reflections. First of all, he notes that John after the wedding feast at Cana of Galilee, at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, he and his friends returned for a short visit […]

The Fidelity of Jesus ~ May we be faithful too!

The First Sunday of Lent ~The Fidelity of Jesus ~ February 18, 2018 This is a story about fidelity in the face of temptation. This is a story about the Jesus I know and love. Before I get into my own thoughts on this important opening story in the life of our Lord, I’d like to […]

The Jesus I know and love ~ And I want You to know him too!

Thursday after Ash Wednesday, February 16, 2018 Dear Sisters and Brothers, In the first reading, Moses says: “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.  Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him” (Deuteronomy 30:15-20). […]

True love is faithful love ~ in God’s love ~ How true is your love?

Flagler Beach Florida sunrise / bob traupman. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, EVERYONE! Well, actually it’s not quite Valentine’s Day yet, but the 14th this year happens to coincide with Ash Wednesday, so I’m greeting you a bit early for all the romantic stuff. On Monday, we’ll begin thinking about Lent by going down to the Big […]

Jilted lovers ~ or Joyous love?

mesa verde national park of southern colorado / march 2008 / bob traupman.  Dear Sisters and Brothers, Our society finds it quite acceptable for people to hop into one relationship after another or just satisfy their needs by “hooking up”. How many times have young people thought that this was the person of their dreams and […]