How to settle a disagreement?

Friday of the 29th Week

Ephesians 4:1-6

Luke 12: 54-59

All School Mass 

I have noticed this week, that there have been a few people who had disagreements, and I have not really liked the way they have been resolved. So, I am declaring from this moment on, whenever we have a disagreement with someone, we are going to settle the disagreement by a Thumb War! Whoever wins, gets to resolve the disagreement. 

Demonstrate how to do a Thumb War. 1,2,3,4 we declare a thumb war, 5,6,7,8 try and keep your thumb straight. Please now turn to the person next to you and let’s try it all together. (Have all the students try it.) 

Is this going to work? 

When you are out on the playground and there is a disagreement, how do you solve the problem? 

In our Gospel, Jesus says, “Try and solve your arguments by yourselves, before you get to your teacher or to the principal.” 

In in our first reading, St. Paul says, “Live in the manner worthy of the call you received.” Treat others with humility, gentleness, patience, love, peace and unity.” 

The Eucharist is shared with us today, to know what to do when situations come up, where there can be hard feelings. May we look to Christ for his divine help.


I have come to light a fire!


Thursday Twenty – Ninth Week Ordinary Time

Ephesians 3:14-21

Luke 12:49-53 

How are our families doing today? What are the things going on in our families that needs our attention? Our readings speak beautifully about the gift of family. 

In our first reading, the writer of Ephesians says he is on his knees praying to the Father for families, and this is what he says about families.

  • May families be strengthened by power of the Holy Spirit!
  • May Christ dwell in each member of the family!
  • May families be rooted in love!
  • May families comprehend all things in Christ!
  • And finally, may families come to know the love of Christ. 

In our Gospel, Jesus seems to be saying words that seem contradictory to his mission when he says, “I have come for division, to set father against a son, a mother against a daughter, a mother-in- law against a daughter-in-law. I think he is just speaking the truth, of what we already know. We hear these words and miss the earlier words of Jesus when he gives us what is the heart of the Gospel, “I have come to set the earth on fire.”   

What Jesus desires is the same thing as the writer of Ephesians. Our number one relationship in our life that we need to spend fostering is our relationship with Jesus Christ. If this relationship is our main focus, all our relationships will fall in line. A true disciple loves God above all else and is willing to forsake all for Jesus Christ.  Jesus insists that his disciples give him the loyalty which is only due to God, a loyalty which is higher than spouse or kin. 

In this Eucharist may we ponder know what it would mean in our lives, to make, or to strengthened, our relationship with Jesus Christ and keep it the number one relationship!

Much will be required, and much will be demanded!


Wednesday Twenty – Ninth-Week Ordinary Time

Ephesians 3:2-12

Luke 12:39-48 

Feast Day of North American Martyrs

The last line of the Gospel, is meant for all of us, “Much will be required from the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded from the person entrusted with more.” 

How true this was for Fr. Isaac Jogues and the North American martyrs who were killed spreading the faith. Fr. Isaac was captured, tortured, he lost two fingers and was enslaved for more than a year. During his captivity he was still committed to sharing his faith. He was eventually released where he returned to France. Fr. Isaac was totally committed to returning to Quebec, which he did, and was tomahawked and decapitated. What possesses such faith? A true conviction to Jesus Christ! This is the kind of faith we must strive to have, to be totally committed to doing the will of Jesus Christ! 

Are we feeling tired and want to give up? Well let’s all just bend over and let God kick us in the butt! We should never forget, we as Catholics have the fullest understanding of what it means to give God glory and praise. We have the Eucharist, and what better thing to do then go to mass? In the Eucharist, God gives us his word to live by and gives us his Body and Blood to nourish us to live what we have heard. It is here that God tells us and shows us how much he loves us. 

If we can think of one small miracle that God has done in our lives, or one small act of God in our lives, then we need to hear, “Much will be required from the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded from the person entrusted with more.” May we live to this today!


The gift to see Christ in everything!


Tuesday Twenty-Ninth in Ordinary Time

II Timothy 4:10-17

Luke 10:1-9
Feast Day of St. Luke


As I have been praying and reflecting on our readings and on this feast day, I think St. Luke possessed a powerful gift. Luke knew Jesus Christ very well, and he felt compelled to share what he knew about him. However, I believe his real gift was to see Jesus Christ in the presences of others he met, and the events of his day. I think this is evident in the last line of the Gospel today, “The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.” Now that is a real gift. 

I think there is evidence of this as Luke sees all that Paul is doing in the name of Jesus Christ, and because of this stays committed to Paul when all others abandoned him. It is in the Gospel of Luke that we hear so much about mercy as we hear the great stories of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son. It is the Gospel of Luke we hear so much about the poor, and the presence of Christ in the poor. It is from him that we get many of our stories of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the Acts of the Apostles, Luke is always mentioning the Holy Spirit, and how the Holy Spirit is empowering people to do great things. St. Luke’s overall message of his writings is that Jesus Christ came to save all people. 

As we celebrate this wonderful feast day, and go about our day, may we know our part in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. However, may we also know the gift of St. Luke and see the presence of Christ in the people and events of this day.




Pray always, and be persistent in prayer


Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Exodus 17:8-13

II Timothy 3:14-4:2

Luke 18:1-8


“When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Those words are very haunting to me, but I believe they are the message for us this weekend. Those words of Christ should help us examine our own prayer lives. There are times I sit quietly before God, and there are times that I am screaming at God, either way, I believe we should be passionate about praying. If prayer does not change us then we are not praying correctly. Prayer allows us, to sit in the embrace of God and see the world through God’s line of vision. Prayer introduces us to be more concerned about God then ourselves, and ultimately to be more concerned about others.                                                                               

In our Gospel, Jesus gives us the meaning of the parable, ‘to pray always and to be persistent in our prayer.’ The parable begins with a judge ‘who neither fears God nor respected any human being.’ This judge has a widow who is very persistent and comes to him every day asking him to make her request. Eventually he gives in and changes his mind. It is a great parable about praying always and never losing heart. However, the judge changes his mind for all the wrong reasons! I think the meaning of the parable is better understood if we see God as the widow, and us as the judge. When God is the widow it turns everything upside down, and makes better sense. Now we see God as always after us, never giving up, he is always finding new ways to get our attention. We are the ones, ‘who do not fear God nor respect others.’ We are constantly turning our backs on God, and finding new ways to avoid him. 

So why are we more like the judge and do not spend more time in prayer? We lose heart, we do not see the results we want, we feel God is ignoring us, we feel isolated, and the list goes on and on. With God as the widow, this should give us hope, because God never gives up on us. God is going to get us! If God is the widow then it may be easy to see God as praying for us! In Hebrew the word prayer meant to stand in the presence of God. What we need to know is God is standing in our presences, praying for us. He is loving us unconditionally, which means, God will find new and creative ways to send us messages, so we will know that he love us. 

My friends in Christ, “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” I hope so! We learn more about how to pray coming to the Eucharist and living in community. When Moses got tired and could no longer keep his hands up, Aaron and Hur were there to help him. That is community living. We have been taught how to pray by the saints, and we are to teach our children and grandchildren how to pray like the saints. That is why we gather each and every week to find support here in the Eucharist. Now is the time to know that God is finding every means possible to seek us out, and to help us change our direction. Do not despair, God will find us, may we turn to him now in prayer.  

We have been chosen


Friday of the 28th Week

Ephesians 1:11-14

Luke 12:1-7

All School Mass


Raise your hands if you want to be chosen?

Wow! So many of you raised your hands and you do not even know what you have been chosen to do? I want you all to get a broom and sweep the parking lot!

There is a part of us that wants to be chosen for things. We like to be chosen for sports teams, classroom assignments, and leadership opportunities. 

St. Paul says, “You have been chosen as a special people who have an extraordinary purpose. We are to give glory and praise to God.” 

Our Responsorial Psalm said, “Blessed are the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.” 

In our Gospel, Jesus is telling us we have been chosen by him, and there is no need to fear, because we are more precious than all the animals, and he even knows how many hairs we have on our heads. 

God has chosen us to give him glory and praise, in that we do. Being chosen does not mean, we sit back and let people wait on us, it means we have been chosen to be a servant, a messenger for God. This is a big responsibility! 

The Eucharist is given to us, to remind us that we have been chosen, and to help us serve one another well this day.