Author: Fr. Alex Roche

The book of the Lord’s people

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, January 23, 2022 — The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday of the Word of God In November, I received the best phone call a priest-uncle could hope for—“[Your niece] wants a Bible for...

The book of the Lord’s people

The Holiness of Time

A reflection on the readings for the First Sunday of Advent — November 28, 2021 You are busy, you are overworked, and you are exhausted. Advent is upon us and, while someone once told you something about the yoke being...

The Holiness of Time

Hear, O Israel!

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, October 31, 2021 — The Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone! Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with all your heart, and with...

Hear, O Israel!

Finding your Vocation: Lessons from the Gospel

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, October 24, 2021 — The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time One of my duties as Vocation Director is to periodically visit parishes throughout the Diocese to preach on vocations. At first glance my choice for vocation-related...

Finding your Vocation: Lessons from the Gospel

An explosion of mutual enrichment

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, September 26, 2021 — The Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time The first person I ever spoke to about becoming a Catholic priest was a Methodist minister. I remember it like it was yesterday—I was sitting...

An explosion of mutual enrichment

Beyond the Breaking Point

A homily for the twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time (Cycle B). Readings available from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This is the custom of the simple: they ever find fault with the more subtle doctrines and foolishly tear in...

Beyond the Breaking Point

Why did God choose bread and wine?

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, July 25, 2021 — the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time “And this food is called among us Εὐχαριστία [the Eucharist], of which no one is allowed to partake but the man who believes that...

Why did God choose bread and wine?

The God who speaks in the storm

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, June 20, 2021 — the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time There are few experiences in the world that can match the intensity, the violence, and the sheer drama of a midwestern storm. Growing up...

The God who speaks in the storm

Proclaiming Christ at Pentecost

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, May 23, 2021 — the Feast of Pentecost. Preach always, use words when necessary.” These are perhaps the most famous words of St. Francis of Assisi—or so we are told. I have always...

Proclaiming Christ at Pentecost

The Good Shepherd lays down his life

A reflection on the readings for April 25, 2021 — the Fourth Sunday of Easter A few miles away from my former parish is a Catholic Worker Farm staffed by two theology professors, a former parishioner, and a Border Collie....

The Good Shepherd lays down his life

Judas, Our Brother

Introduction — Fr. Alex Roche In June of 2017 Pope Francis visited the small village of Bozzolo in the Diocese of Cremona, located in northern Italy’s Po Valley. The images of a Roman Pontiff visiting the little town of 5,000...

Judas, Our Brother