Father Tom

Second Sunday of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, The Transfiguration is the story we ponder on the Second Sunday of Lent each year. Jesus reveals himself, his relationship with the Father and with the law (Moses) and the prophets (Elijah) to the three privileged disciples. Today we have the opportunity to join them on that mountain and experience … read on

First Sunday of Lent

First Sunday of Lent

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Lent is an interesting time in our church calendar. We have many rules and unique prayer opportunities, but often in all this excitement we can be distracted from the “reason for the season.” The word “Lent” means “spring.” This is a time then for new growth, developing hope and a … read on

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, “A tree is known by its fruit.” Truly this is one of the most profound statements in all of the scriptures. Some trees are beautiful to behold, so strong, so many leaves, such an impressive plant, but the fruit is poor, sour or rotten. For all its beauty, this is … read on

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, I don’t know of another religion or philosophy that would dare to strive to “Love your enemy.” We not only have Jesus’ teaching but also the example of his life. In my thinking, this is the only solution to the great travesty that is the life of people on this … read on

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, “Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.” is our response psalm today. The gospel affirms this as Jesus gave the “Sermon on the Plain” with the litany of “blessed are you” statements. In the sermon, Jesus turns upside down what we would normally think of a blessing or a … read on

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Luke’s version of the call of the first apostles includes several marvelous meditations. We look at Peter, who when he sees Jesus’ real identity is at the same time deeply aware of his own sins. We later see these successful fishermen leaving all behind to follow Jesus. Two lessons for … read on

Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Already, in this first story of Jesus’ teaching, we see conflict and resistance. We see the excuses for not accepting him, we see the violence that results. There is so much violence in our world. We see it on the news, we see it on the highways, in the stores, … read on

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, We have an interesting composite reading this morning. It starts with the first few verses of Luke’s gospel and then jumps ahead four chapters to the first appearance of Jesus at Nazareth. [We skip here the stories of Jesus’ birth, early life and baptism as we have had them recently … read on

Wedding at Cana

Wedding at Cana

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Although this is the year we follow Luke’s gospel almost every Sunday, today we read from John. The church starts our “ordinary time” with the wedding at Cana. It is always helpful to ask why? What is there about this story that helps us get the year started on the … read on

The Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Jesus’ baptism seems to have been a major turning point in his life. He moved from carpenter to Messiah. Luke tells us that Jesus heard a voice from heaven declaring that he is “my beloved Son.” This affirmation was the strength he needed to accomplish his mission on earth. We … read on