The Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I really don’t have a green thumb, but for a while when I was young, I was very interested in growing things.  My grandmother on my dad’s side had quite the green thumb: anything she planted grew to be quite prolific.  I have whatever the opposite of that is!  But still, I have… Continue reading The Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time: Votive Mass of the Precious Blood of Jesus

Today’s readings God’s blessings aren’t always things that might spring to mind when we think of blessings we would like.  For example, we might not think that those who are meek and those who mourn are blessed.  And we certainly wouldn’t celebrate the blessings of those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, would… Continue reading Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time: Votive Mass of the Precious Blood of Jesus

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Today’s readings Today we celebrate with great joy one of the most wonderful feasts on our Church calendar, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  Through this greatest of all gifts, we have been made one with our God who loves his people beyond all imagining.  We experience this love in perhaps one of… Continue reading The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Friday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Angels are messengers that God sends sometimes to let us know his plans for us, or to guard and guide us, or even to help us to see what’s really important.  And it’s that last thing that the archangel Raphael does in today’s first reading.  If we remember all the way back to… Continue reading Friday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary / Memorial Day

Today’s readings Today we have the great honor of celebrating two very important things that happen on this day.  We all know it is Memorial Day, the day of honoring and remembering the sacrifice that many men and women made in order to safeguard our freedom.  We particularly remember those of them who paid the… Continue reading The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary / Memorial Day

The Most Holy Trinity

Today’s readings If today’s feast of the Most Holy Trinity teaches us anything about the nature of God, it might be that we know next to nothing about the nature of God!  To be clear, I don’t mean that as a negative thing.  God is so close to us and so far beyond us, that… Continue reading The Most Holy Trinity

Friday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readingsToday is the Mass for the last day of our school year, before the children (and the staff) head out to summer break. Jesus is always seeking to make things new.  When he came into the world, he didn’t come into the world to keep things the way they were.  He intended to cast… Continue reading Friday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

The Solemnity of Pentecost

Todays’ readings Words contain a lot of power.  We know that well, because sometimes we say the wrong things, or these days, text the wrong things, and we see how it upsets people we love.  And equally we experience the power of someone saying just the right thing at the right time and we see… Continue reading The Solemnity of Pentecost

Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings “Do you love me more than these?” It’s a question that cuts to the heart.  Peter had just betrayed his friendship with Jesus and his commitment to the Gospel by denying his Lord not once, but three times: “I tell you, I do not know the man you are talking about.”  This is… Continue reading Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Today’s first reading always fascinates me.  Paul and Silas are in a terrible situation, not for the first or last time, I might add.  But just look at how their vibrant faith allows God to do things in and through them that are nothing short of miraculous.  First, there’s the earthquake that brings… Continue reading Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter