Father Tom

Christ the King

Christ the King

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” This is Jesus’ answer to Pilate when asked if he is a king. As we pray for the kingdom of God to come on earth as it is in heaven, we must acknowledge that despite our prayers and efforts, the … read on

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

  My Dear St. Bernadette Family, “Beware of the scribes” Jesus warns us in this weekend’s gospel. The scribes were responsible for transmitting the scriptures, the law. They wrote copies, they knew and recited the law, their teaching was an important part of the Jewish life. What Jesus warns us about is the scribes who thought … read on

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, It’s a human quirk that we can disassociate two things that go together. Love and marriage, cookies and milk, sleep and health, touch and healing are some examples of things that are essential to each other. Today’s gospel gives us the ultimate example: Love of God and love of neighbor. … read on

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Bartimaeus had an interesting day. He was just doing his regular thing, sitting beside the road begging. He heard a commotion and was told it was Jesus. He heard of Jesus and in fact placed his trust in Him. Bartimaeus threw aside his cloak which was all he had … read on

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, We know Jesus did not save us through might and power.  We know He in fact gave his life for us to save us and show us the way. Yet, we keep trying to be mighty, to succeed through power, to force the kingdom upon the world. Of course we … read on

28th Sunday of Ordinary time

28th Sunday of Ordinary time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. “All things are possible for God.” Would that religion were as simple as obeying a few chosen rules, like the young man in today’s gospel. He obeyed the Commandments and thought that was enough. He really was not expecting Jesus’ … read on

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Growing healthy human relationships is demanding, requiring a great deal of give-and-take, and calling for openness to self and other. God’s embrace and blessing of each of us fosters these healthy human relationships. We experience God’s embrace and blessing, for example, during prayer, when we forgive another, or as we … read on

26th Sunday

26th Sunday

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, “Whoever is not against us is for us.” “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” Our judgements of others cause scandal for … read on

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, I wonder what there is about us that leads us to compare ourselves to others. We are too often like the apostles who today are arguing about who is the greatest. Comparison Christianity leads us to want to be better than our neighbor or at least as good as. This … read on

24th Sunday

24th Sunday

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, It is not by accident that Mark shares today’s story of the confession of Peter immediately following last week’s gospel story of the healing of the deaf man. We need to hear the word of God and respond in faith, Peter is showing today that, although he doesn’t fully comprehend … read on