Tuesday of the 30th Week of Ordinary Time: Be subordinate to one another

Today’s readings Well, it would be hard to pick a scarier reading to preach about on Halloween than one that starts out with the emotionally-charged sentence, “Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.” It almost makes me want to skip it and preach on the Gospel reading, or even on the… Continue reading Tuesday of the 30th Week of Ordinary Time: Be subordinate to one another

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Take Courage!

“Take courage, get up, Jesus is calling you.” These would be wonderfully comforting words to hear in any situation. Who among us does not wish to be called to Jesus? But as joyful as we are to hear these words in good times, they are incredibly comforting in times of sickness and suffering. “Take courage,… Continue reading 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Take Courage!

Thursday of the 29th Week of Ordinary Time

I don’t remember exactly when, but sometime during my time in seminary, I realized following God’s call was not guaranteed to be easy, all full of sweetness and light. Yes, there is sweetness, there is light, and there is also sadness, pain and persecution. Jesus was always very clear about that. And I don’t think… Continue reading Thursday of the 29th Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the 29th Week of Ordinary Time: Being rich in what matters to God

Today’s readings I don’t know about you, but it’s getting harder and harder to get out of bed these days. I always find that in these waning days of the year, when the mornings are cooler (dare I say “colder?”), and there is less sunshine in the morning, I just want to pull up the… Continue reading Monday of the 29th Week of Ordinary Time: Being rich in what matters to God

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Much will be expected!

Today’s readings Of those to whom much has been given, much will be expected. These words, spoken by Jesus in another place in the Gospels, are very related to the words we hear him speak to us today: Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among… Continue reading 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Much will be expected!

Saturday of the 28th Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The greatest prayer of the homilist is that the Spirit will give him the words that God wants his people to hear. That is the prayer that hopefully all of us pray before we sit down to write or plan our words. Then, we do our homework, praying over and studying the words… Continue reading Saturday of the 28th Week of Ordinary Time

St. Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf and Companions, Martyrs

Today’s Feast | Today’s readings: 2 Corinthians 4:7-15; Matthew 28:16-20   St. Isaac and St. John were among eight missionaries who worked among the Huron and Iroquois Indians in the New World in the seventeenth century. They were devoted to their work and were accomplishing many conversions. The conversions, though, were not welcomed by the… Continue reading St. Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf and Companions, Martyrs

Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

Today’s feast | Today’s readings: Philippians 3:17-4:1 / Psalm 34 / John 12:24-26 St. Ignatius was a convert to Christianity who eventually became the bishop of Antioch. During his time in Antioch, the Emperor Trajan began persecuting the Church there and forced people to choose between death and denying the faith. Ignatius would have none… Continue reading Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

Don’t be afraid of the Light!

[Homily for our youth reconciliation service.] I confessed to the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders from our school on Friday that I used to be afraid of the dark. I asked them and all the adults present how many of them have ever been afraid of the dark, and – no surprise – almost everyone… Continue reading Don’t be afraid of the Light!