Homily (Feast of the Reign of Christ)

Today, in the liturgical calendar, is the Feast of the Reign of Christ.  This is actually the last Sunday of the liturgical year, before a new year begins with the season of Advent.  And on this last Sunday we remember that our faith has a trajectory of hope—that...

Homily (Feast of All Saints)

What is a “saint”?  I ask that question because this morning in the liturgical calendar we celebrate the feast of All Saints.   “She’s such a saint!”  We’ve all heard laudatory exclamations like this before; we’ve probably even made them ourselves.  Saints, as it is...

Hard Gospel Reflections on Orange Shirt Day

Have you ever had something special taken away from you, forever?   One day when I was in middle school—eighth grade—I purchased the latest issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.  I was so pleased to get this particular issue because it featured an article and lots of...

“Who Do You Say That I Am?”

Who is Jesus?  That is the resounding question that we hear in today’s Gospel.  Jesus is wandering about with his closest followers, going from one town to another, near the area that today is known as the Golan Heights.  And in the course of their journeying he cuts...