Author: Fr. Alex Roche

The love that will save

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, June 26, 2022 — The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time About 40 miles from Rome on the Tyrrhenian coast is the little resort town of Nettuno. Nettuno is home to the shrine of...

The love that will save

Faith, Science, and Trust

A Scripture reflection for the Second Sunday of Easter, April 24, 2022 – Divine Mercy Sunday. Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed. (John 20:29) At first glance, this verse sounds like a trite caricature of religious...

Faith, Science, and Trust

Prodigals in the Promised Land

A homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)—March 27, 2022. On my way home from an appointment the other day, I was listening to the Spotify All Out 90’s playlist, as one does, when an old favorite that...

Prodigals in the Promised Land

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