Sunday Reflection

God’s Laborers

Are we ready to accept the Lord’s invitation to exercise the lay apostolate and our common priesthood to become God’s “laborers” in our own different ways, each according to the gifts and special graces that God has given us? [...]

“Run so as to win”

Where does this “resoluteness” of Jesus come from? [...]

This Is My Body … This Is My Blood

When we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we unite ourselves to Christ and bear witness to the greatest love of all. [...]

“In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”

We cannot divide the unity of the Trinity when we distinguish between the three distinct persons. [...]

God Loves Giving Life

We’re continuing our series on theology of the body, that is, God’s plan for human sexuality. I thank everyone for your feedback and questions, because I’ve tried to approach this series without overwhelming anyone [...]

Is the Christian Faith a “Religion of the Book”?

While in the Church we greatly venerate the sacred Scriptures, the Christian faith is not a ‘religion of the book’. [...]

Sexuality is About Self-Giving

As mentioned last week, today begins a series of homilies on theology of the body, in other words, God the Father’s plan for human sexuality. We’ll start with four human insights about the body, which show the need for reverence when discussing this subject, and then reflect on the person of Jesus in the Scriptures. [...]

“You are witnesses of these things”(Luke 24:48).

We may wonder, if we have not met Jesus personally, how can we be His witnesses? Indeed, we cannot be His witnesses if we have no personal experience and relationship with Him. [...]

Never Leaving the Catholic Church

The First Reading begins, “Certain individuals came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, ‘Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved’” (Acts 15:1). [...]

What is true peace?

Jesus has peace because He possesses the source of peace. Jesus can give peace because He is the Prince of Peace [...]

“Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (Jn 13:34)

The love that Jesus refers to is the divine love for one another that is modeled on his own acts of charity and generosity on the Cross (Ref ICSB P191) [...]

Beyond Loneliness

Were you ever lonely as a child? If so, do you remember how often? A while back, I saw some students at our school waiting to be picked up by their parents; they were the last ones to be picked up, and there were very few of them. It reminded me of the times when I was at school and didn’t have many friends. And then I remember that I had very few [...]

We Are His people, the sheep of His Flock (Ps 100:3)

This week’s readings invite us to renew our confidence in the one true God, our Good Shepherd, Lord Jesus Christ, who remains faithful and steadfast throughout our pilgrimage on earth. [...]

Relationships Are Worth Restoring

Whom do you think of when you hear that statement? Last week’s homily was about healing through other people, and we’re continuing this theme of relationships… and relationships, when they are cold, hurting, or broken, are always worth restoring. [...]

The Blood of the Martyrs Is the Seed of the Church

Tertullian, one of the Early Church Fathers of the second century, famously said, “The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church”. How true! [...]

Healing Through Others

Imagine if God told us that He would heal one person in our lives, and that we get to choose whom. If we could choose one person to receive the healing of God, who would it be? It could be ourselves. And how would we help them? [...]

Do not be skeptical for skeptical sake

Excess skepticism could also be a sign of pride and self-righteousness [...]

The Garden of Our Souls

Happy Easter, everyone! I have two questions for you, please. First, who enjoys gardening? Everyone knows gardening has grown in popularity since COVID began. Second, if you’re like me and still don’t have an interest in gardening, do you enjoy visiting gardens? I love the peace and the beauty given by the harmony of water, trees, flowers, and [...]

“I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God” (Jn 20:18).

What a great statement of love! His Father has become our Father, His God our God! [...]

Giving Up on Jesus

“Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail” (Lk 22:31-32). Let’s talk about the sin of giving up on Jesus, and, more, importantly, how Jesus prays that we stay faithful to Him! No one right now is going to kill us for following Jesus, but that time may come [...]

Stand By Him

We always have a choice even among the rubbles of discord. [...]

The Sin of Gloominess

Today, we’re talking about the sin of gloominess or grumpiness. We’ve probably never thought about it as a sin, but Jesus says in Mt 6:16: “Do not look gloomy like the hypocrites”; another translation says ‘dismal.’ [...]

“Go, and from now on do not sin anymore” (Jn 8:11)

In the peace and quietude of the confessional, we hear the same assuring and forgiving words of our Lord: “Go, and from now on do not sin anymore”. [...]

Overcoming Envy

A/N: On which sin are we reflecting today? Envy. A young married woman gave me permission to share how she’s struggling so much with not being able to have children yet. Every time a friend gets pregnant, or someone talks about the beauty of children, her heart sinks. Why can’t she have children of her own? Why won’t God the Father give her something [...]