The Prodigal Son

Today’s Gospel is the one where a son asks his father for his share of the estate so he can leave the family ranch and strike out on his own. And boy, did he ever strike out. But, as the story continues, he “comes to his senses” after taking a job feeding the pigs, and…

The Unspoken Significance of the Manger

Christmastime is Here. You may be familiar with that song since it’s from one of the most beloved Peanuts specials, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”  It has a very special significance to me just because of the song’s musical structure, as written by jazz great Vince Guaraldi.  When the children’s choir sings the word “here,” the…

Trinity Sunday

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity.  Three persons in one God.  It’s a mystery in that it can’t be fully explained, but any attempt to explain it, as rational as it seems, can be lacking at best, and comical at worst.  One of the most basic explanations was offered by a priest…

Rethink

2018.02.18 Mark 1:14-15 After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” If you were listening to the Gospel readings a few Sundays ago, you heard these same words…but you also…

Repent

2018.01.21 Mk 1:14-20 After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into…

The Parable of the Talents

Today’s Gospel, Matthew 25:14-30, tells the Parable of the Talents.  A Master who was going away on a journey and called three of his servants, and entrusted his wealth to them.  Upon his return, he asks for an accounting of their stewardship.  The first servant, who was given 5 talents, used them and earned 5…