Depths of Meaning – Baptism of our Lord

In 2005, I had the privilege of visiting the Jordan River in the land of Palestine, the site of today’s reading. The Jordan is not a wide river like the Mississippi – you can’t take boats on it. It’s perhaps better described as a stream or a creek, maybe 50 feet wide at most. For […]

A Note from the Pastor

Fr. Gerard Lecomte, CJM The feast of the Holy Family is a relative newcomer on the calendar, first observed in 1921 on the Sunday within the octave of Epiphany and then in 1969 moved to the Sunday within the octave of Christmas. First and foremost, this Sunday is part of the Christmas season. In the […]

Who do you expect on Christmas?

I don’t know if you saw it in the news, but an elderly woman in France recently had a small painting assessed that had been hanging on the wall between her kitchen and living room. It had been in the family for years and she thought it was a nice icon. It turns out that […]

The Cost of Discipleship

For the last several weeks, we’ve been following Jesus as he journeys from Galilee to Jerusalem to face his final days. As we heard last week, as soon as he gets to Jerusalem, he encounters opposition from the religious authorities, as they attempt to trap him into an untenable position so he can be labeled […]

A Note from the Pastor

Fr. Gerard Lecomte, CJM Pope Leo I (400–461), also known as Saint Leo the Great, was Bishop of Rome from 440 to when he died in 461. Recently, Pope Benedict XVI said that Leo’s papacy “was undoubtedly one of the most important in the Church’s history.” He is known for having met Attila the Hun in 452 […]

“Dirty Windshields”

Sunday, Oct. 27th, Homily As many of you know, especially if you donated cookies a couple of weeks ago, I was in the prison last weekend for the semi-annual Kairos retreat. We reached over a hundred men across the prison during the 4 days, and every single one of them was deeply affected. MORE

A Note from the Pastor

Fr. Gerard Lecomte, CJM Here in the lazy, hazy days of summer, it is tempting to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of our labor. With summer’s heat upon us, who can blame us for congratulating ourselves for the work we have done and taking a well-deserved break? But the way the world defines […]

Trinity Sunday

I feel like I haven’t been up here at the ambo for quite some time. It’s actually true. I’ve been out of town for much of May, and it’s great to be back. One of the real highlights of traveling, especially to other countries, is to witness the way ordinary people live “over there”. more

Easter Sunday

For an Easter Sunday gospel, this reading leaves a lot to be desired. There isn’t a lot of evidence here that Jesus has been raised. We have an empty tomb, puzzled women, some very odd words from two men in white garments, and skeptical apostles.