John the Baptist is in prison.  He hears about the work of Christ and sends his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” Responding to John’s disciples, Jesus gave evidence from his works rather than words.  Wherever he encountered people, the result was transformation:  […]

I hope many of you will be able to come back this Sunday (December 4th) at 7:00 p.m. to hear Bishop Johnston’s presentation for Advent.  It is a way to prepare ourselves during this Advent season and an opportunity to get to know our bishop a little better. Reconciliation Services in the Lee’s Summit parishes […]

We begin this journey through the season of Advent.  The scripture readings today direct our gaze to the ultimate and immediate realities of our lives.  In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “Stay awake!  At an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come. We are invited to focus on the end, not to […]

Today, as we contemplate Christ our King, we are given the account, in the Gospel of Luke, of Jesus on the cross.  The religious leaders and the soldiers are jeering and telling Jesus to save himself.  Even one of the criminals hanging on a cross is telling Jesus to “Save yourself and us.”  Interestingly the […]

This weekend our scripture again has apocalyptic passages for our reflection.  John W. Martens, in his reflection in America, gives the following understanding of apocalyptic literature. Apocalyptic passages, as Christians understand them, are about God acting to bring about God’s kingdom through the defeat of evil.  As Psalm 98 says, God “is coming to judge […]

There have been some reflections in this bulletin about the upcoming election encouraging us to seek out the truth.  The bishops of the United States say, “At the center of these truths is respect for the dignity of every person.  This is the core of Catholic moral and social teaching.”  The bishops denounce the taking […]

Today we have our memorial for family and loved ones who have died this past year.  It is a good thing to remember those who have gone before us.  These are people who have, in some way, shaped who we are.  Through their lives they have spoken to us how to live the Gospel. In […]