Third Sunday of Lent

WHAT WAS AND WILL BE by Lucinda M. Vardey We usually recognize Jesus’ character as caring, compassionate, merciful and patient but today’s gospel turns the tables on those assumptions. Jesus’ anger in the temple became corroborating evidence for the Jerusalem authorities against him whose actions could singlehandedly cause enough upset

Second Sunday in Lent

ENCOUNTERING “THE DIMENSIONS OF GOD” By:  John Dalla Costa Mountains in scripture are not for scenic tourism. The toil of climb is for separation and preparation, to shed by the striving and struggle of ascent those habits that keep us stuck in the comfortable, and numb to

First Sunday in Lent

WHY? By Leanna Cappiello Why do we fast, pray and give during Lent?  It is not so much about what we are fasting from, but why we are fasting in the first place. 1.  To imitate Jesus. We look to Jesus for radical living. Stories told of him

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

PREPARING FOR AN ECO-LENT By Fr. Chris Valka, CSB If you have paid attention to the posters advertising Lenten activities this year at St. Basil’s, you will notice a particular theme: the environment. It reflects a major theme of Pope Francis during his pontificate and the ever-growing

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

RESONATING By Emily VanBerkum In our Gospel reading today, Jesus heals Simon’s mother-in-law from a debilitating fever. I can imagine this scene playing out in my mind vividly. The Gospel tells us that Jesus “took her by the hand, and lifted her up

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

LISTENING TO GOD By Lucinda M. Vardey The readings in the past few weeks have been about being open to the voice of God.  Responding to God’s will for each of us requires us to first know how to recognize God’s voice. How do we discern God’s voice

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE URGENCY OF LOVE By John Dalla Costa Time is short. Everything is at stake. Change begins right now, this very moment. Later is too late. That’s because nothing we do is neutral. Even the smallest actions bear the biggest consequences. Mary’s “yes” was instantaneous in real time. So too the fishermen leaving their

Baptism of Our Lord

RENEWING OUR BAPTISM By Fr. Chris Valka, CSB This Sunday, we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord, which has been a popular topic for Pope Francis. I have lost count of the number of times he has asked us to rediscover our own Baptism date and celebrate