Someone’s Son

Someone’s Son

There’s a busy highway that runs through our city where the homeless stand on the corners begging as the cars speed past and drivers preoccupied with cell phones or music vibrating their windows hardly give them a second glance. Everybody’s used to them. It’s the same guys…every week, almost every day. There was one who caught my eye one afternoon ..who tugged at my heartstrings because minus his under the bridge attire he could have been my son. He was so young. Against all my instincts I rolled down the window and called him to the car. Drunk and high he put out his hand to collect whatever charity was offered. I couldn’t hold back the tears …His mom was… somewhere.. maybe praying God would change her son’s life....

Exaltation of the Cross

Exaltation of the Cross

  Mass Readings Nm 21:4-9; Ps 78:1,2,34-38; Phil 2:6-11; Jn 3:13-17 “Do Not Forget The Works of the Lord” That’s exactly what those poor Israelites did.” With their patience worn out from their journey they complained against God and Moses. “Who doesn’t understand being worn out in the journey of life ? They were “disgusted” with the “”wretched” provisions they’d been given in the desert and didn’t hold back their grumbling. I’ve been a grumbling Israelite more times in my life than I’d care to remember and while I’ve never been bitten by the likes of poisonous saraph serpents, I have had some tough love reminders from my Heavenly Father to help me recall how much I needed Him. Even rebellion didn’t hold back the...

I Am a Prodigal

I Am a Prodigal

Readings for Mass First Reading:Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 Responsorial Psalm:Psalms 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 1 Second Reading:First Timothy 1:12-17 Gospel:Luke 15:1-32or15:1-10 I ‘ve heard a lot of sermons on today’s gospel of the lost sheep and the prodigal son, but it wasn’t a homily that best illustrated to me my prodigal heart, it was an answer to a prayer I’d asked of the Lord; one He has never failed to answer for me. “ Lord, show me myself.” This is what He did at church one Sunday 15 years ago as I sat in prayer with my Bible open to the story of the prodigal son. Just happened to be where I was in Scripture that day. I was meditating on the woes of the younger son who thought autonomy from God was his ticket to happiness and fled his...

Count the Cost

Count the Cost

Gospel Reading Luke 14:25-33 After a profound adult conversion in my 20’s, I became a serious student of the Bible. While the passion for continued study has never left me, any romanticized notions I had of following Christ were put to the test as I encountered the trials of life and Scriptures like Lk 14 :25-33. Even as a young woman, I realized that true discipleship was going to cost me.. something. To this day, this gospel account takes my breath away. It is so counter to the “it’s all about me” generation we live in . Luke tells us great crowds were traveling with Jesus (vs.25 ) No doubt they were following Him; He’d performed miracles! Who wouldn’t want to follow someone who could fix whatever you needed when you needed it? Jesus,...