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.

Responsorial Psalm (Is 38:10, 11, 12ABCD, 16)
R. You saved my life, O Lord; I shall not die.
Once I said, “In the noontime of life I must depart! To the gates of the nether world I shall be consigned for the rest of my years.” 
R. You saved my life, O Lord; I shall not die.
The Song of Hezekiah is the basis of today’s responsorial psalm—one of the more hauntingly tragic poetic passages in the Scriptures. Stephen Hutchinson, a British artist, was fascinated with the stairway of Ahaz mentioned in the first reading and in response created The Stairway of Ahaz (2018). Saint Bonaventure fostered the intellectual development of the Franciscans and thought of Christ as the “one true master.”

Thursday, 14 July 2022 00:00

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin, July 14

Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”   (Mt 11:28-30)
The Lord invites because his heart is always open to us. Although she was shunned for her faith, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks, found profound peace and joy in the heart of Christ.


Wednesday, 13 July 2022 06:00

Wednesday, Week XV, Ordinary Time

Responsorial Psalm (Ps 94)
R. The Lord will not abandon his people.

Shall he who shaped the ear not hear?
or he who formed the eye not see?

R. The Lord will not abandon his people.
As the Psalmist reflects on the wonder of creation in the midst of dire political events, we hear the comforting message: “The LORD will not cast off his people, nor abandon his inheritance.” And why? Because the Lord always listens to us attentively . . . the Lord always looks at us with compassion. And as Jesus reminds us, the Lord of heaven and earth has hidden these things from the wise and the learned and has revealed them to little children. Today’s picture is one of the images from the new space telescope.

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 00:00

Tuesday, Week XV, Ordinary Time

When word came to the house of David that Aram was encamped in Ephraim, the heart of the king and the heart of the people trembled, as the trees of the forest tremble in the wind. Thus says the LORD: “Take care you remain tranquil and do not fear. Unless your faith is firm you shall not be firm!” (Is 7:1-9)
Many times in the Scriptures God has to remind us to not be afraid. In times like these in which we find ourselves, we, too, need to be reminded.


Monday, 11 July 2022 00:00

Saint Benedict, Abbot, July 11

Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is righteous  will receive a righteous man’s reward.” (Mt 10:34-11:1)
In our home, hospitality was not optional. My grandmother thought that hospitality was next to godliness. In his Rule for Monasteries, Saint Benedict devotes a whole chapter to the reception of guests: “All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35),” Chapter 53.


Sunday, 10 July 2022 00:00

XV Sunday, Ordinary Time

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read it?" He said in reply, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." He replied to him, "You have answered correctly; do this and you will live." But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" (Lk 10:25-37)
Who is my neighbor? Well, what follows is the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Of course, Jesus turns the world upside down and ruins a perfectly good anti-clerical joke (the priest and the levite ignore the man in the ditch) by having the man’s enemy (the Samaritan) be the one who saves his life.


In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple. Seraphim were stationed above; each of them had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two they veiled their feet, and with two they hovered aloft. They cried one to the other, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts! All the earth is filled with his glory!” At the sound of that cry, the frame of the door shook and the house was filled with smoke. Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” “Here I am,” I said; “send me!”  (Is 6:1-8)
Today we begin reading the book of the Prophet Isaiah in the daily Mass. The call of Isaiah is impressive . . . as well as the message the prophet brings of the God who comes to save us.


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