Thursday of the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Yesterday, I told you about how one of my seminary professors used to tell us that the “Christian disciple looks like something.” In the first reading yesterday, we found that the Christian disciple is not disorderly and lazy, but works tenaciously. In the Gospel, that disciple was described as authentic and righteous as… Continue reading Thursday of the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Wednesday of the 21st Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings talk all about authenticity. As one of my professors used to say, “discipleship looks like something.” People ought to be able to look at the Christian person and know that they are in the presence of a Christian person. In today’s first reading, Paul points out that, as an apostle, he… Continue reading Wednesday of the 21st Week of Ordinary Time

The 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time: Decide Today whom You will Serve

Today’s readings Canon law requires a retreat before a man is ordained as a deacon or a priest, so about this time last year, I made my diaconate retreat up at Bellarmine Retreat House in Barrington. It was one of the most important retreats I have ever made, with the possible exception of the retreat… Continue reading The 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time: Decide Today whom You will Serve

Saturday of the 20th Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today, Jesus has yet another altercation with the Scribes and Pharisees, groups of religious Jews who were very scrupulous in their study and observance of the Torah, or Law. They went to great lengths to be sure that they, and others, did not break any of the 613 laws given in the Torah.… Continue reading Saturday of the 20th Week of Ordinary Time

St. Bartholomew, Apostle

Today's readings | St. Bartholomew Will the real St. Bartholomew please stand up?  Bartholomew is one of the saints that we know almost nothing about.  He is mentioned in the lists of the apostles, but nowhere else in Scripture.  So, as is true of many of the saints, what we know about him belongs mostly… Continue reading St. Bartholomew, Apostle

The Queenship of Mary

The Queenship of Mary On this, the octave day of the Assumption of Mary, we celebrate another great Marian feast, that of the Queenship of Mary. The Queenship of Mary has been celebrated ever since Pope Pius XII instituted this celebration in 1954. But the feast itself is rooted in Sacred Scripture. In the Old… Continue reading The Queenship of Mary

20th Sunday of Ordinary Time: The Rich Table of the Lord

Today's readings For my flesh is true food,and my blood is true drink.Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my bloodremains in me and I in him. Today we continue the preaching of John's "Bread of Life Discourse" and it may seem like we are beating home a point you already know. Perhaps by now you're… Continue reading 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time: The Rich Table of the Lord

Saturday of the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time: A renewed and contrite spirit

Today’s readings This morning, the readings talk about getting it right. They speak of justice and faithfulness and right relationship. All of us who are called to discipleship, which is to say all of us, are called to get this right. In the first reading, the Lord reveals to Ezekiel that each person will be… Continue reading Saturday of the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time: A renewed and contrite spirit

The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings The tradition of the Assumption of Mary dates back to the very earliest days of the Church, all the way back to the days of the apostles. It was known that Mary had “fallen asleep” and that there is a “Tomb of Mary” close to Mount Zion, where the early Christian community had… Continue reading The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Taste and See How Good the Lord Is!

Today we return to our consideration of the Bread of Life Discourse in the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel. In today’s Liturgy of the Word, we are presented with instances of people really hungering for something. In the first reading, the prophet Elijah has had just about enough, thank you very much. Despite some successes… Continue reading The 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Taste and See How Good the Lord Is!