These reflections are a result of more than 40 years of ministry as a Roman Catholic priest. Most of these years I spent in the Diocese of Charlotte which covers Western North Carolina. Now I am retired, and live in Medellín, Colombia where I continue to serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Medellín.

But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me." Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you. (Is 49:8-15)
The Lord is gracious and merciful. (Ps 145)
Jesus said: The Son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for what he does, the Son will do also. (Jn 5:17-30)
Today’s readings are filled with tenderness and hope—a message that the world desperately needs. But how will people hear this message if we are silent or if we choose to judge and condemn?