Grow Unobserved – John Foley, SJ

Mark 4:26-34, Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time The farmer sows seeds in the earth and then waits. He will use a scythe (“blade”) to reap the crop when it is ready. Then he and his neighbors with him will gather it into piles, or “pooks” as they were called in England, so that the farmer…

Indelicate Question – John Foley, SJ

Mark 14:12-16, 22-26, Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Why are you eating somebody’s body and drinking his blood? An indelicate question, but still, why? You walk up the aisle and receive what appears to be bread and wine, but which is really Christ’s Body and Blood. The Roman historian Pliny…

Show Us – John Foley, SJ

Matthew 28:16-20, Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity All the way from Holy Week to this Sunday’s “Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity” our Masses have been rich in moving images of our faith. Moving, deep, piercing, rewarding. But more, they have revealed how the Holy Trinity deals with us! Our liturgies represent the ways…

Burning Question – John Foley, SJ

John 20:19-23, Penteccost This is the last Sunday of Easter season. Its Mass is vivid. Suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each…

Stay Awhile – John Foley, SJ

Mark 16:15-20, Solemnity of the Ascension of The Lord At the end of each school year, in American schools such as Saint Louis University, the students, along with their networks of friends, scatter. And fly away. As a presider at a recent mass admitted with beautiful poignancy, how much we miss them when the school…

Gone for Good – John Foley, SJ

John 15:9-17, Sixth Sunday in Easter Imagine the emotional turmoil inside the disciples. • First he was here then he was gone. They had lived with Jesus in his public life and they had loved it. Surely they thought it would last forever. But abruptly he was gone. They were not at all prepared for…

Cutting Back – John Foley, SJ

John 15:1-8, Fifth Sunday of Easter The Gospel for this coming Sunday of Easter has a familiar story. Jesus, the vine, is rooted and stable and will always bring us all the nourishment we need. We are the dependent branches. Maybe you would like to stop there and contemplate such a rich image. Do so…

Handles – John Foley, SJ

John 10:11-18, Fourth Sunday of Easter In Sunday’s Gospel Jesus makes a wonderful comparison, of the good shepherd to the mere hired hand. The good shepherd cares about the sheep. The hired one is mainly interested in getting paid. When wolves come, he simply runs away. To discern the difference, take a poetic example.* First,…

The Rest of the Story – John Foley, SJ

Luke 24:35-48, Third Sunday of Easter Folks of a certain age will remember the Paul Harvey radio show called “The Rest of the Story.” Harvey always reserved until the last thing in his show a surprise ending to the story he had been reporting that week. Well, Sunday’s Gospel contains the surprise ending to a…

Seriously – John Foley, SJ

John 20:19-31, Divine Mercy Sunday Do you believe in the Resurrection of Our Lord from the dead?? This is a good question to ask, at least so St. Paul says, because if the answer is “no,” then “our faith is in vain” (1 Cor 15:14-19). But sometimes it is hard to know what the “resurrection”…