A Reflection for the twentieth Sunday in ordinary time

You may have heard the story about Alexander the Great and the beggar-man. On a certain day every subject had right of audience in the court of Alexander the Great, one of the most powerful rulers in history. One day a beggar-man was granted audience. "Give me an alms, sir; just an alms”. "No!" Alexander said to his officials: “Give him the government of 10 cities....” The beggar-man protested: “Just an alms, Sir.” Alexander said: “I have decided. The government of 10 cities it shall be”!

A Reflection for the nineteenth Sunday in ordinary time

Most people have heard of the mighty Niagara Waterfalls. Several tightrope walkers have crossed the Falls from one side to the other with nothing for support except a long pole and the tightrope. One of them decided to do something much more daring and push a person across in a wheelbarrow. He practiced daily with a load of gravel. Someone who had been watching him said,

A Reflection for the eighteenth Sunday in ordinary time

Today’s gospel challenges us to evaluate our lifestyle and the accumulation of goods. Mahatma Gandhi was a spiritual and political leader who inspired many with his message of peaceful civil disobedience. I’m sure his simple lifestyle posed many problems in a country where professional people were accustomed to having many servants. Living simply can be a complex business.