‘If you choose you can keep the commandments’

“If you choose you can keep the commandments” (Sirach: 15:15). How might we understand this opening line from today’s Old Testament reading? The most obvious way is to see the commandments as a set of laws that God hands down. Keeping the commandments is a form of obedience to God. To be law-abiding …

Know Your Fellow Parishioner: Adalberta Zurita and Patrocinio Vega

When Adalberta Zurita and her husband Patrocinio Vega were growing up in rural Mexico, they would be called to church by the sound of the bells.  Perhaps there was a wedding or a baptism or a feast day, or maybe the traveling priest was present to celebrate Mass. “Everyone would …

Seek Jesus with Joy and Dedication on the Feast of His Presentation

In Luke’s Gospel reading for today, we hear the account of the devout Holy Family arriving at the Temple of Jerusalem. They had traveled the five miles from Bethlehem for a dual purpose- to fulfill the Jewish law by dedicating their first-born son, and present Him to the temple, and …