Today’s Gospel presents Jesus in a time like this:  John The Baptist had been arrested and Jesus was about to begin his own ministry. Matthew tells us that when Jesus learned of John’s arrest, he took up residence in the northern town of Capernaum, a territory occupied by farmers and fishers.  Matthew calls it the […]

We recently received the following letter from the Center for Exchange and Solidarity (CIS), which is the organization we have partnered with to support high school and college students in El Salvador – Dear Holy Spirit Catholic Church: Thank you for your gift of $5,853.42 for Paso Puente Scholarships and scholarships for the Distrito Italia […]

Monday, Jan. 13th, four of us (Rich Akins, Pat Lucido, Mike Mathews and myself) will be flying to El Salvador.  Fr. Jerry Waris will be joining us and will be one of our guides on this trip.  I will need to come back on Friday, Jan. 17th.  The rest of the group will come back […]

Today we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord.  Magi come from the East seeking the newborn king of the Jews.  In her reflection on today’s Gospel Mary McGlone asks the question, “Who are these Magi and why did Matthew tell us about them?” They were religious seekers who didn’t have the Hebrew Scriptures to guide […]

Today we celebrate the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.  Matthew’s Gospel presents a family who must leave their home country because their child is no longer safe there.  They flee to Egypt.  Something we continue to witness in our world today. The family we venerate today is not one of wealth or privilege.  […]

Today we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent.  Matthew’s Gospel tells the story of Joseph learning about Mary’s pregnancy.  It had to be the worst day of his life.  Was he furious?  Betrayed?  Depressed? Shamed? Devastated. Matthew tells us Joseph was a just man.  So, rather than unleash all his justifiable emotions, he tried to […]

Jesus said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.” (Matthew 11:4-5) Today is Gaudete (rejoice) Sunday.  As we are halfway through […]