Monday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We could look at today’s Gospel reading as an interesting miracle story of Jesus casting a demon out of a long-possessed man. But I think we should dig a little deeper than that this morning. Because many of us, I think, have to tangle with the unclean spirit from the tombs that infests… Continue reading Monday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Speaking the Truth in Love

Today’s Readings Today’s opening prayer gave us a kind of theme for today’s Liturgy of the Word. That theme is love. Listen to the words of that prayer again: “Lord our God, help us to love you with all our hearts, and to love all people as you love them…” That could well be a… Continue reading Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Speaking the Truth in Love

The Conversion of St. Paul

Today’s readings | today’s feast If we think that we are the ones who get to determine the direction of our lives, we are dead wrong. Look at Saul: educated in all the finest Jewish schools, well-versed in the Law and the Prophets, and zealous for the faith to a fault. He was absolutely the… Continue reading The Conversion of St. Paul

Tuesday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I’ve never liked going to the dentist. All my life I’ve dreaded it, and all my life I’ve had terrible teeth. I inherited that from both sides of my family. During seminary, I had very lousy dental insurance and no money, so even though there was dental work to be done, it didn’t… Continue reading Tuesday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time: Fulfilled in your hearing!

Today’s readings I want to begin this morning by reminding you of what we just heard in the first reading from Nehemiah: He read out of the book from daybreak till midday, in the presence of the men, the women, and those children old enough to understand; and all the people listened attentively to the… Continue reading Third Sunday of Ordinary Time: Fulfilled in your hearing!

Saturday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “He is out of his mind.” Well that’s a fine way for relatives to receive a person, especially Jesus. But maybe everyone has relatives with whom they don’t see eye-to-eye. People who, it would seem, should know us best, often misunderstand us. But the story of Jesus’ life is that his family isn’t… Continue reading Saturday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings There is something about this Gospel reading that I think makes us feel a little breathless, a little claustrophobic even. Jesus really had to love human contact in order to keep on going when he was pressed in on every side. He really loved people, and had great compassion for them. Knowing the… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It must have been frustrating, I think, for Jesus to see how the people who should be getting religion right to so often get it wrong. The Pharisees – those men who were so intent on the careful observance of every obligation of the law – were always questioning things the wrong way.… Continue reading Tuesday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time: The transforming power of vocations

Today's readings The vocational call is a call that is not about me, not about you, but only about the God who makes the call. Just as the ancient high priests that the author of our first reading speaks about did not take that honor upon themselves, and just as even Jesus did not take… Continue reading Monday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time: The transforming power of vocations

Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings My niece is now eight years old, going on thirty. But back when she was little, she knew how to wrap Uncle Patrick around her little finger. I remember one time when we were out at the mall, she said something like, “If you want, you can buy me a cookie.” It reminded… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time