Father Tom

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

  My Dear St. Bernadette Family, I like that Jesus sent the apostles out two by two. They were to have a companion as they went to proclaim the gospel. I imagine this was a very uncomfortable learning experience for men who were used to fishing or following Jesus. Now they were to go forth … read on

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, There is an amazing insight in today’s gospel. Because the people lacked faith, Jesus could not perform any mighty deeds there. We can contrast this with the Alleluia verse, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor.” Faith and … read on

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, One of the phrases we should utter carefully: “It’s God’s will.” That is when something tragic occurs we should not seek comfort where it is clearly not God’s will. Our first reading from the Book of Wisdom reminds us that much of the suffering in this world is man-made. In … read on

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

  My Dear St. Bernadette Family, The story of the birth of John the Baptist follows the pattern in the Old Testament of amazing births of amazing people. Remember the stories of the birth of Moses, Sampson and Samuel. The hand of God is clearly seen in each of these as in the story we … read on

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Jesus invites us today to take a look at and learn from nature. A great summer time activity. If you get the chance, go out into the countryside, see the fields, watch the farmers, smell the livestock. God’s gifts ought not be taken for granted. We learn from nature … read on

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, So, we are back to “Ordinary Time” (meaning numbered time). This year we will be following weekly the Gospel of Mark. In Mark’s Gospel, the structure of the Gospel tells us a lot about the theme and interpretation of particular passages. Today’s reading is a case in point. The first … read on

June 3rd

June 3rd

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, In a sense, this is the second celebration of “Corpus Christi” this year. Today we have the beautiful gospel story of the Last Supper. On that supper as St. John describes Jesus washing the feet of the disciples. We see two sides of the same story. First, He feeds us … read on

Most Holy Trinity

Most Holy Trinity

  My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Go out and gather the people is Jesus’ final command to us. Gather them into the family they are. Heal the wounds of division, carry the weak, seek out the lost. This is the “Great Commission” given to the church. We live this commission, Jesus tells us, when we … read on

Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday

  My Dear St. Bernadette Family, This is the second time we have seen this gospel reading in the Easter Season. Actually, it is a sort of bookend reading. The first was on the Second Sunday of Easter when we focused on the Resurrection of Jesus. Today, as we close the Easter Season we look … read on

Ascension of the Lord

Ascension of the Lord

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, In Mark’s gospel this weekend, we have what is called “The Great Commission.” Jesus sending the apostles, the church, to proclaim the gospel to every creature. This was what they did then and what we are called to do today. As you know, we proclaim the gospel in many ways. … read on