Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, archangels

[Mass for the school children.] Today’s feast | Readings: Tobit 5, Tobit 11 & Tobit 12; Revelation 12:7-12; Matthew 1:18-25 The world can be a confusing and scary place some times. Sometimes when we go on a journey, we lose our way and get lost. Sometimes when we get lost, it’s because men like me… Continue reading Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, archangels

Thursday of the 25th Week of Ordinary Time: He kept trying to see him

Today’s readings “And he kept trying to see him.” Certainly Herod’s motives for trying to see Jesus were highly suspect. He obviously wanted to be sure Jesus didn’t pose some kind of threat to him. And if it was the person of John the Baptist resurrected, Herod would have wanted him out of the way… Continue reading Thursday of the 25th Week of Ordinary Time: He kept trying to see him

Tuesday of the 25th Week of Ordinary Time: Simplicity of Life

Today's readings My mother and my brothersare those who hear the word of God and act on it. We should be careful not to take this as Jesus downplaying the importance of Mary. We know that he deeply cared for and loved his mother. What he is doing here, though, is forging a deep relationship… Continue reading Tuesday of the 25th Week of Ordinary Time: Simplicity of Life

25th Sunday of Ordinary Time: It’s all about kenosis

Today's readings In some ways, it's the classic schoolyard disagreement.  "My dad can beat up your dad."  Or, even better, maybe it's the classic sibling rivalry: "Mom likes me best."  These things are sort of understandable among children.  Children growing up need to know where they fit in to the structure of society, so there… Continue reading 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time: It’s all about kenosis

Friday of the 24th Week of Ordinary Time: Women of Faith

Today’s Readings What would happen if Christ never rose from the dead? Well, I doubt we would be here today, because as important as Christ’s living and preaching was, it is the Resurrection that gives meaning to it all. This is why it’s important to know that we cannot, as some suggest, do all our… Continue reading Friday of the 24th Week of Ordinary Time: Women of Faith

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Today’s readings I often wish that I could see in people the same things that Jesus sees. Obviously, Matthew was not qualified for the role of apostle, but he was called anyway. Matthew was, as we know, a tax collector. Tax collectors in those days tended to be rather unscrupulous. They would have assigned to… Continue reading St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

The Prophets: So What?

A lecture given to the St. Raphael Church CREEDS Bible Study Wednesday, September 20, 2006 Readings: Isaiah 6:1-13 | Matthew 23:1-15, 29-39 The prophets were all very strange men, it seems. Probably the reaction to them was a little like what we might experience if someone came running up the front aisle of Church on… Continue reading The Prophets: So What?

Ss. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Companions, Martyrs

Today’s Feast | Today’s readings Korea was introduced to Christianity in the late 1500s when some Koreans were baptized, probably by Christian Japanese soldiers who invaded Korea at that time. It was not until the late 1700s that a priest managed to sneak into Korea, and when he did, he found about 4000 Catholics, none… Continue reading Ss. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Companions, Martyrs

Tuesday of the 24th Week of Ordinary Time: Unity does not mean same-ness

Today’s readings In today’s first reading, St. Paul speaks to the Corinthian community about the necessity and source of unity. He lists several gifts that people in the community have and then speaks how they all work together to form the body of Christ. Many people have interpreted that to mean that everyone in the… Continue reading Tuesday of the 24th Week of Ordinary Time: Unity does not mean same-ness