Father Tom

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

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, When we eat a meal, there is so much more happening than satisfying our physical hungers. We are in relationship with those around the table, sharing conversation, serving one another and being sure everyone has had the opportunity to eat and be satisfied. A banquet makes this even more so. … read on

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, In our Alleluia verse Jesus declares “I am the way, the truth and the life.” In Isaiah, God declares through the prophet “I come to gather the nations.” Connecting our readings, we know that Jesus is the way we are all connected and the path to peace and unity upon … read on

20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, “I have come to set the earth on fire” Jesus tells us in our gospel. Wouldn’t it be great if His gospel was spread, like a raging fire, across the earth. Imagine people embracing the love of God and turning to brother and sister with care and compassion. What a … read on

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Jesus teaches us in our gospel today to be a servant, a good servant. We are to be ready to serve at all times, looking for opportunities to serve God through our service to our brothers and sisters. I find the identity as “servant of God” to be helpful as … read on

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, While visiting nursing homes, I often observe that some of the people are happy while others quite miserable. I ponder why? They are all in seemingly the same place, same food, same attendants. I look at their room (often half room) and the few possessions they have with them. It … read on

17th Sunday in Ordinary time

17th Sunday in Ordinary time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Today’s gospel is Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer. The context found in the following teaching and in our first reading invite us to be persistent in prayer, spending time with God, in dialogue with God, honestly sharing our wants and needs. One of our beautiful traditions is to pray … read on

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Women in the bible often represent their “people” or a way of relating to God. In today’s gospel we have Martha and Mary. They represent two ways of relating to God. One spirituality is the servant of God. These people strive to please God by what they do and how … read on

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, It is easy to justify inaction. We have a million excuses to not do something. Further, we will only act reluctantly if we are simply following a command to act. This is what makes today’s gospel so important. The “Good Samaritan” acted and he was motivated by his heart. He … read on