You Are Called to Be a Priest

When I arrived for my first year-long stay in Ecuador, I started in a parish participating in different ways, and at one point I was teaching the parish’s religious education teachers. My Spanish was still growing, but I realized that I didn’t need much language to teach the class. I would introduce the theme at…

Jesus’ Faithfulness

A while ago I was visiting a parish nearby that is largely Hispanic. They were having their parish fiestas, and so there was music, a variety of activities and celebrations, and of course, food. I stopped by the food stands with a friend and we loaded up our plates. Then we turned around and started…

It’s God’s Job

I learned from a very wise person many years ago that there is a key to understanding the parables of Jesus. The key is this: look for something that makes no sense, something that isn’t quite right. That’s the spot to start your exploration of what the parable means. The parable of the sower is…

The Time Is Now

At one point in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus is eating with a bunch of tax collectors. The religious people can’t understand it at all, because these were, well, tax collectors. The tax collector was pretty much the most despised person in all of Israel. This was because they were mostly Jewish people contracted by the Roman…