To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?

For some time now I've been considering whether or not I should share my thoughts on getting vaccinated against the dreaded COVID-19 virus. I understand that there are strong opinions on both sides of the issue and I fully recognize that it is one's personal choice as to whether or not you get the vaccine. We all have our reasons for why we do what we do and I totally respect the fact that many...

What or Whom Do We Worship?

What or Whom Do We Worship?

September is football season in East Tennessee. Our beloved Vols take the field to the delight of their devoted fans. The enthusiasm of the fans is especially pronounced as hope springs eternal for a winning season. Yesterday Christine and I experienced the opening game, our first Vols game ever, complete with a pre-game tailgate party at Circle Park right next to Neyland Stadium. Our tickets...

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Assumption Sunday, August 15, 2021 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00, 10:00 & 5:00 Masses Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; Psalm 45:10, 11, 12, 16; 1 Corinthians 15:20-27; Luke 1:39-56 Audio Recording   Today we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Assumption is when Mary was taken to heaven at the conclusion of her earthly life. In 1950 Pope Pius XII...

Too Busy to Pray?

Too Busy to Pray?

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday, July 18, 2021 Holy Ghost Church – 5:00 Mass Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23:1-3,3-4,5,6; Ephesians 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34 Audio Recording   In today’s Gospel we’re taken back to the time when Jesus' apostles had completed their first successful missionary journey. After accompanying Jesus for a long time they were sent out on their own to be his...

Transformed in Christ

Transformed in Christ

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday, June 20, 2021 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 & 10:00 Mass Job 38:1, 8-11; Psalm 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Mark 4:35-41 Audio Recording Today’s readings speak to us, among other things, of CONVERSION, of the TRANSFORMATION of our lives into true disciples of Christ. Listen again to this verse from today’s 2nd reading: “So whoever...

Prayer as a Couple

Prayer as a Couple

Memorial of St. Charles Lwanga and Companions Thursday June 3, 2021 Tobit 6:10-11; 7:1bcde, 9-17; 8:4-9a; Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5; Mark 12:28-34 Audio Recording Today’s first reading speaks to us, among other things, about the power of prayer, especially in marriage. It also speaks of the importance of inviting God into all the areas of our lives, even those which are most private.  Tobias...

One Church, One Faith, One Baptism

One Church, One Faith, One Baptism

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord Sunday, May 16, 2021 Holy Ghost Church – 5:00 Mass Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9; Ephesians 4:1-13; Mark 16:15-20 Audio Recording Today, we are celebrating the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. This Feast commemorates the elevation of Christ into Heaven by His own power in the presence of His disciples on the fortieth day after His glorious...

Obedience to Your Bishop

Obedience to Your Bishop

Thursday of the 4th Week of Easter April 29, 2021 Acts 13:13-25; Psalm 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 and 27; John 13:16-20 Audio Recording We all know that Christ established his Church through the preaching and teaching of his Apostles. Since the Apostles were sent by Christ, they received the same respect from the early Christians as would have been given Jesus if he had come to them. The Apostles were...

Acting on God’s Inspiration

Acting on God’s Inspiration

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter April 22, 2021 Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20; John 6:44-51 Audio Recording We have all had the experience of feeling an internal prompting to do something. Maybe it’s something that will take years to complete such as studying for a profession or discerning and preparing for a vocation.  Or maybe it’s something that comes as a flash of...

Sharing the Kerygma

Sharing the Kerygma

Third Sunday of Easter Sunday, April 18, 2021 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 & 10:00 Mass Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9; 1 John 2:1-5a; Luke 24:35-48 Audio Recording Good morning! Is it possible that you have a friend, or possibly an acquaintance, who knows little or nothing about the Gospel message? We might find it hard to believe that there are people in the world today who have...

Courage and Fearlessness

Courage and Fearlessness

Friday of the Second Week of Easter April 16, 2021 Acts 5:34-42; Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14; John 6:1-15 Audio Recording In yesterday’s first reading we see that the Apostles are brought before the Sanhedrin after the Holy Spirit miraculously intervened to release them from jail the day before. They were being reprimanded for preaching the resurrection of Christ throughout all Jerusalem. Just as the...

Jesus, Present but Hidden in Disguise

Jesus, Present but Hidden in Disguise

Wednesday in the Octave of Easter April 7, 2021 Acts 3:1-10; Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9; Luke 24:13-35 Audio Recording Today’s gospel is one of my favorites. I can only imagine how Cleopas and the other disciple on the road to Emmaus must have felt in the aftermath of Christ’s death. Their hopes of Jesus being the Messiah they had believed would defeat the Roman occupiers and usher in a new...

Walk the Walk, Don’t Just Talk the Talk

Walk the Walk, Don’t Just Talk the Talk

Friday of the 5th Week of Lent March 26, 2021 Jeremiah 20:10-13; Psalm 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 5-6, 7; John 10:31-42 Audio Recording Why were the religious leaders in today’s gospel so upset with Jesus that they wanted to kill him? It was because he claimed to be the Son of God and he made himself equal with God. The law of Moses laid down the death penalty for such a crime in the Book of Leviticus...

God’s Covenant of Love

God’s Covenant of Love

Fifth Sunday of Lent Sunday, March 21, 2021 Holy Ghost Church – 5:00 Mass Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15; Hebrews 5:7-9; John 12:20-33 Audio Recording We’re a week away from Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week, and in today’s Gospel you can feel the tension and anticipation in the air, both in Heaven and on earth. The Gospel starts with a simple request by some Greeks to see...

Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ

Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ

Thursday of the 4th Week of Lent March 18, 2021 Exodus 32:7-14; Psalm 106:19-20, 21-22, 23; John 5:31-47 Audio Recording In today’s gospel Jesus answers the Jews in regards to his testimony that he is the Son of God. In doing so he highlights the importance for us to read and meditate on the Scriptures. The Jews were objecting to his testimony, essentially saying that we do not believe you,...

Has Sin Hardened Your Heart?

Has Sin Hardened Your Heart?

Thursday of the 3rd Week of Lent March 11, 2021 Jeremiah 7:23-28; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9; Luke 11:14-23 Audio Recording If today you hear his voice harden not your hearts. Our hearts are hard because of sin. Sin is a weakness, it is not a power. But sin can have power over us when we allow it to enter into our hearts. Sin enters us in so many different ways. Through our unwillingness to forgive...

Do We Neglect Lazarus Too?

Do We Neglect Lazarus Too?

Thursday after Ash Wednesday March 4, 2021 Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6; Luke 16:19-31 Audio Recording The rich man in today’s gospel enjoyed a good life. He had the finest clothes and the best foods. He had lots of money and he used it for his own benefit. Remember, the Jews believed that if a man was righteous, God would bless him with riches, health, and many other benefits....

Have A Fruitful Lent: Pray, Fast & Give Alms

Have A Fruitful Lent: Pray, Fast & Give Alms

First Sunday of Lent Sunday, February 21, 2021 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 & 10:00 Masses Genesis 9:8-15; Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15 Audio Recording Here we are, the First Sunday of Lent. That time of our liturgical year when we are asked by the Church to examine ourselves a bit more closely than we tend to do the rest of the year. It’s the time we are asked to pray...

Being Obedient to Grow in Holiness

Being Obedient to Grow in Holiness

Thursday after Ash Wednesday February 18, 2021 Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6; Luke 9:22-25 Audio Recording Our first reading this morning reminds us how important it is that we obey the commandments, statutes and decrees of the Lord. That by doing so we will be blessed, but by not doing so we will certainly perish. The season of Lent is a wonderful opportunity to evaluate how...

Being Like a Dog

Being Like a Dog

Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time February 11, 2021 Genesis 2:18-25; Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5; Mark 7:24-30 Audio Recording How many of you are dog lovers? Christine and I certainly are. We have two English Mastiffs and a Chihuahua. In case you are wondering, the Chihuahua is the alpha dog of this pack. Jesus calls the Greek woman in today’s gospel a dog. At this time in history dogs...

The Wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas

The Wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas

Thursday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time January 28, 2021 Readings for the Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church Wisdom 7:7-10, 15-16; Psalm 119:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14; Matthew 23:8-12 Audio Recording Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and perhaps our most highly regarded theologian. Today’s first reading speaks of the gift...