The Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Bread of Life Discourse I

Today’s readings I’m Italian on my mother’s side of the family, and in our family, as in families of other ethnicities, I am sure, the prospect of not having enough food for people to eat at a gathering is the stuff of nightmares.  For many of our family gatherings, we have way more food than… Continue reading The Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Bread of Life Discourse I

Monday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It’s a frightening thing, I think, to hear Jesus say in today’s Gospel reading, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword.”  It’s frightening because of the havoc a statement like that could cause in our spiritual lives.… Continue reading Monday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today I want to reflect on what I consider to be one of the most important principles of the spiritual life.  That principle is completely summed up in one short sentence: “It’s not about me.” Over the last couple of weeks, we have been able to take a look at the various people… Continue reading The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings reveal the power of God’s love in the world.  Joseph’s brothers didn’t realize they were, in fact, in the presence of the “dreamer” they had sold into slavery.  But his forgiveness of them shows that God’s love and providence overcome even the most grievous of sins.  Jesus sends his apostles out… Continue reading Thursday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The spiritual life, almost by definition, isn’t easy.  Today’s readings prove it.  In our first reading, Jacob wrestles with “some man,” who turns out to be God himself.  They tussle all day long and finally declare a draw, but the battle leaves poor Jacob limping from the fight.  In the end though, he… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In today’s readings, God proves himself trustworthy, yet again. He appears to Jacob in a dream and promises that he will be with him wherever he goes, protecting him, and bringing him back to the land, which he would also give to Jacob’s descendants. In his joy, Jacob reacts by consecrating the land… Continue reading Monday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This set of readings always makes me chuckle just a little bit.  Back in my second assignment, before I became a pastor, I was assigned to my home parish, which is a bit unusual.  And the first Sunday I was there, these readings we have today were the readings that Sunday: “A prophet is not… Continue reading The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saint Thomas, Apostle

Today’s readings You know, sometimes I think we don’t know what we believe until we’re called upon to explain it.  Especially for those of us who are “cradle Catholics” – the ones who were baptized Catholic and have grown up in the faith all our lives.  We often just accept the things the Church teaches, and never… Continue reading Saint Thomas, Apostle

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Today’s readings Today we celebrate a feast of great importance to our Church.  Saint Peter, the apostle to the Jews, and St. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, come together to show how the Church is truly universal, that is, truly catholic.  There are similarities between the two men.  Simon’s name is changed to Peter after he professes… Continue reading Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings My absolute favorite line from this Gospel reading is, “Then he put them all out.”  I can just imagine Jesus going into the house, encountering the mourners, seeing the lack of faith in all of them, and saying “Go on!  Get outta here!  I’ve got work to do!”  Or at least that’s how I’d say it! It… Continue reading The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time