The Infamous Mustard Seed

Charitable people who take care of the less fortunate in the world experience a reoccurring and common theme. The theme, is the problem of the poor never seems to be solved, no matter how much help is given. Perhaps, that is why Jesus tells his disciples, “the poor you will always have with you.”  One … Continue reading The Infamous Mustard Seed

The Rich Man’s Torment

The past two weeks the Gospel message was presented by the use of parables. The first was the Prodigal Son followed by the story of the embezzling manager of the rich master.  Today’s teaching is also in the form of a parable, staring the poor beggar Lazarus. Not the same Lazarus who was the brother … Continue reading The Rich Man’s Torment

You Cannot Serve Two Masters

Last week, the familiar parable of the Prodigal Son depicts a younger and immature son coming to his senses. He finally returns to his father only after realizing his life was spiraling out of control and his demise was near. Today’s Gospel message, also takes the form of a parable, and the conditions are similar … Continue reading You Cannot Serve Two Masters

Labor Day Can Be a Religious Holiday

The first weekend of September, also known as the Labor Day weekend is the time when the nation celebrates the ‘symbolic’ ending of summer. In the ‘olden days’ when the rage of wearing white during the summertime was fashionable, Labor Day was the reminder to put the bright summery clothing back into storage. Or at … Continue reading Labor Day Can Be a Religious Holiday

Twenty Second Sunday-C

The Parable of the Guest who wanted the best place at the feastThe language of the Divine is sometimes a paradox and puzzle to the mortal mind. The Divine language can never be wholly defined or explained. Rather, it is something that can only be loosely described and vaguely alluded to because there is such … Continue reading Twenty Second Sunday-C

Twenty-First Sunday-C

Christian in Name Only William Barclay’s commentary on the Gospel of Luke describes a fictional story concerning a surprise one might encounter upon entering into heaven.  The story starts by introducing a woman who had great wealth and status during her life on earth. When she finally died she was met at the gates of heaven … Continue reading Twenty-First Sunday-C

Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time-C

Wherever your treasure lies, there your heart will be.Remember back when you could afford and willingly deposited your hard-earned cash into a savings account for use in years to come. It may have been a 401K or similar financial instrument offered by your employer.  After a few years in a regular market scenario, you begin … Continue reading Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time-C

Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time-C

“You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you”Jesus says, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” It is fairly obvious that our Lord is speaking to those who have many material possessions and have given those inanimate things too much … Continue reading Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time-C