Connect! Sunday Reflections

Mary Immaculate, Patroness of the USA. Image of the Immaculate Conception by Murillo, 1660.

Fortnight for Freedom

For Sunday, June 21, 2015, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time What is a fortnight? It is simply another term for “two weeks.” It is a word more frequently used in England than in the United States, perhaps because of our shorter attention spans. In 2012, the bishops of the United States established the Fortnight for […]

Keep Reading...

A hand holding a mustard seed.

Seeds of the Kingdom

For Sunday, June 14, 2015, 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time If you read any of the accounts about American Pharoah last weekend, and the way he secured a place in sports history by winning the Triple Crown, you might have thought his triumph was inevitable. But the man who helped raise him wasn’t so sure. Tom VanMeter, […]

Keep Reading...

Eucharistic Presence

For Sunday, June 7, 2015, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Our first reading this weekend from the Book of Exodus makes a very bold and confident statement of faith. “All that the LORD has said, we will heed and do.” People of faith must constantly be reminded of what God says and […]

Keep Reading...

Father, Brother, and Spirit

For Sunday, May 31, 2015, The Most Holy Trinity Are you ready for months and months of presidential candidate news, speeches, and controversies? The next presidential election is over a year away, but already the Internet, television, and print media are filled with information about all those who aspire to be arguably the most powerful person on planet Earth. […]

Keep Reading...

New life on the grapevine photo by JollyPhoto/Shutterstock.

Our Surging Life Force

For Sunday, May 24, 2015, Pentecost Sunday It’s spring in the Northern Hemisphere. New life is surging up all around! Male birds in all their colorful finery are dancing and prancing to attract mates. Turkey tails are fanned. Rich melodies permeate the morning breezes. Farm animals are fat with soon-to-be-borns. Yes, even the maternity wards in our hospitals are […]

Keep Reading...

Handling Snakes

For Sunday, May 17, 2015, The Ascension of the Lord Walking through some grass during a warm spring morning, I stepped on something squishy. My immediate thought was that it was a snake. Waves of revulsion washed over me as I jumped away. Thankfully, it turned out to be only an old discarded length of […]

Keep Reading...

May 10

A Message of Love

For Sunday, May 10, 2015, 6th Sunday of Easter It’s been a brutal couple of weeks. Baltimore has been burning. Nepal is in ruins, with tens of thousands lost. Israel remains uneasy and on alert. And the city of Tel Aviv was rocked by protests amid charges of police brutality. At times, it seems we are […]

Keep Reading...

Transforming the World

For Sunday, May 3, 2015, 5th Sunday of Easter Resurrection has much more relevance to life than just the promise of more to come when we die! When the first disciples met the risen Lord not only did their understanding of Christ’s purpose become clear, but the way they conducted earthly business became transformed as well. […]

Keep Reading...

Shepherding Is Not Peaceful

For Sunday, April 26, 2015, 4th Sunday of Easter I was recently reading a book review by Horatio Clare on the UK’s The Telegraph website about a recently published title, The Shepherd’s Life, by James Rebanks. I can’t say I really know a lot about sheep and shepherds. A few years back, I was traveling the […]

Keep Reading...

April 19

We Do Believe, Alleluia

For Sunday, April 19, 2015 Do we really believe in the Resurrection? Jesus’ resurrection? Our own? During the past three weeks I’ve traveled in India and am currently in Uganda, Africa. In India, our tour group boarded a wooden boat at dusk and shoved out into the Ganges River. It was Tuesday of Holy Week, […]

Keep Reading...

041215_cf12_4c.jpg

Proof of the Resurrection

For Sunday, April 12, 2015 2nd Sunday of Easter or Sunday of Divine Mercy Saint Thomas might just be one of the figures in the New Testament who is the easiest for us to relate to. Like him, we have all had our doubts. We’ve wondered how we can know for sure that God exists. […]

Keep Reading...

A New Eden

For Sunday, April 5, 2015, Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord Lately, it has seemed as if the world is spinning out of control. Planes plummet from the sky. Buildings crumble. Wars rage. Peace seems, at best, elusive. Into the midst of this, though, comes Easter. All expectations are defied. We are reminded […]

Keep Reading...