Today is the feast day of St. Pope Leo the Great. The gospel reading is the familiar Lukan account of the 10 lepers who encounter Jesus on the way and are healed – yet only one returns to give thanks to God. There is a lot that can be said of the reading, but let me mention but one: boundaries. “….As he continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.” (Luke 11:17) In the one simple verse, we are reminded of the divided tribes of Israel. Continue reading

The Certain Sign

This coming Sunday is the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time in lectionary cycle B. Our Gospel reading is from Mark 13:24-37, the end verses of the larger “Olivet Discourse” in Mark’s gospel. Today we consider: “Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near.  In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that he is near, at the gates.  Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. (Mark 13:28-31) Continue reading