Posts by Fr. Rich

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Live in the light of Christ

by Fr. Rich

When I read the Scriptures, I try to understand them in a way that is everyday simple. They are not complicated words that Jesus speaks. “Love one another” is His great rule to live by. So are His words to forgive as He has so many times forgiven us. And don’t be afraid, He says, […]

Looking through the eyes of faith.

by Fr. Rich

In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches us the Beatitudes. When we hear them, what exactly do we hear. Do words of suffering stand out: blessed are the poor in spirt, the mourning, the hungry for righteousness, the persecuted and insulted? Or do we hear words of hope and peace. In the midst of every dark cloud […]

Hear the call to Jesus’ ministry.

by Fr. Rich

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says to Peter and Andrew, “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.” They dropped everything and followed the Lord. How would we respond to Jesus’ call to ministry? There was this man who works as a missionary in Haiti. He used to have a good office position […]

The Gift of Forgiveness

by Fr. Rich

John the Baptist saw Jesus and said, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” Jesus takes away our sins. Do we do the same for others. What happens when we don’t forgive? A teacher once told each of her students to bring a clear plastic bag and a sack […]

Feast of the Epiphany

by Fr. Rich

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, the manifestation of Jesus to the world as witnessed by the Magi following the star to where Jesus was born and then presenting their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to him. I often wonder what kind of gifts could we bring to Jesus? Maybe we can […]

Happy New Year!

by Fr. Rich

In today’s Gospel, we hear about the Shepherds coming to see Jesus and sharing what has been told to them by the angel. Then we’re told, “Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” Just what was she reflecting on? Some thoughts: the shepherds’ stories, greeting Elizabeth and the baby leapt in […]

Merry Christmas!

by Fr. Rich

Today we celebrate Christmas, the birth of the Prince of Peace. Traditionally, it has been a day when we gather as family to share greetings, gifts and a spirit of love and peace around a dinner table. Historically, It has been a day where wars paused and enemies became friends. It has always been a […]

“Trust in the Lord, and do good…”

by Fr. Rich

In today’s Gospel we hear that Joseph is about ready to divorce Mary. But through the message of an angel, about the child Jesus to be born, Joseph stayed the course and took Mary into his home as his wife. Joseph is unsure of what will happen next but he believed God would provide. He […]

What everyday, simple things, remind you of Jesus?

by Fr. Rich

From a cat owner: You’ve probably seen funny videos on social media of cats climbing and sometimes destroying Christmas trees. Luckily, my cat doesn’t knock my tree over or break ornaments. She is fascinated with Christmas decorations though. Cats are creatures of habit—in the extreme. They don’t like change in their surroundings or deviating from […]