Father Tom

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, As we come closer to the end of our church year, the readings pick up on nature and the winter experience of falling leaves and seemingly dead trees. The cold air furthers our awareness of death and the questions it brings to the living. In the readings today, we are … read on

31st Sunday of Ordinary time

31st Sunday of Ordinary time

My Dear Bernadette Family, As our gospel story begins, we see Zacchaeus as a successful businessman (a Tax Collector) but someone who is curious to see Jesus.  He isn’t a follower but knows something is missing in his life.  He hungers for more, but not sure what it is he hungers for.  His curiosity leads … read on

30th Sunday in ordinary time

30th Sunday in ordinary time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, The gospel this weekend invites us to evaluate our prayer. Do I pray to show how good I am or to show how much I need God’s help? Does my prayer affirm my life style or does it challenge me to do better? Most likely our prayer is sometimes like … read on

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, The gospel today reminds us that some prayers need to be uttered again and again and again, such as a prayer for peace and justice, prayers for health, prayers for the poor and homeless, prayers of gratitude to God.  The purpose of our prayer does not change God’s actions or … read on

28th Sunday in Ordinary time

28th Sunday in Ordinary time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, The story of the ten lepers is a clear expression of the need to develop and attitude of gratitude. Thanks is the first prayer, our first response to God. Without gratitude in our heart, our prayers and actions become askew. Without gratitude we tend towards selfishness, greed and self serving. … read on

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, In brief, Jesus tells us in today’s gospel, do what you are supposed to do. We are to approach serving God, in the various ways we do, as our duty. We should not seek praise nor think we are to get special favors from God for doing so. Rather, service … read on

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family We dream of winning the lottery and becoming very rich. We promise that if we win we will use our new wealth to serve the poor, keeping just a small portion for our own reward. “Then”, we say, “I will care for Lazarus lying at my door.” News flash, you … read on

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, One of people’s favorite pastimes is solving problems. These can be in the form of puzzles, mysteries or just why the vacuum is not working right. We love to find clever ways of doing things such as getting the last ketchup out of the bottle or repairing a door hinge. … read on

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, We have three parables in today’s gospel reading. The first two help us focus, on the third, on the “finding” of the son who was lost and the great joy of the Father in having his son back at home. Jesus is telling us that God is like this father, … read on

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, The good news is that we can afford the cost of discipleship. The bad news is that we often try to bargain our way down, look for the loophole, negotiate a lesser price. Jesus, however, is clear that there is no negotiation, no lesser cost. The cost is everything, giving … read on