Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

Today's readings This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. In all fairness, I think it should be noted that even though Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, he was a very unwilling sign to be sure. Not only did… Continue reading Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Today's readings Ancient sources say that we are to pray the Lord's prayer at least seven times daily. Why? Because the Lord's prayer in all its wonderful simplicity reminds us that God is God and we are not. To those of us who are concerned with our own prestige and dwell on our own ego,… Continue reading Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Monday of the First Week of Lent

Today's readings Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me. Today's readings represent what I think is the scariest instruction we have in the Gospel. And that is that we have to be clear about the lengths the Gospel demands that we go.… Continue reading Monday of the First Week of Lent

First Sunday of Lent: Remember and Proclaim

Today’s readings Back in May, I was starting to pack up the vast array of stuff that had accumulated in my room during the five years I lived at Mundelein Seminary. I was sorting through files, books, clothes, belongings, the whole mess. This was not a task I really enjoyed, of course – I don’t… Continue reading First Sunday of Lent: Remember and Proclaim

Friday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s Readings In Hebrew, the word for “righteousness” is tseh’-dek, which has the connotation of right relationship. Indeed, it was the whole idea of right relationship that was preached continuously by the prophets. That right relationship was one that should be directed toward God and toward others. To live in right relationship with God and… Continue reading Friday after Ash Wednesday

Chair of St. Peter, Apostle (Feast)

Today’s readings | Today’s feast Every Christian disciple ought to love St. Peter, a man who was zealous with his faith and his words, even if his words and actions seemed to lag a bit behind. One of the most famous examples was his walking on the water. You know the story, seeing Jesus walking… Continue reading Chair of St. Peter, Apostle (Feast)

Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Listen to this from the first reading again: Study the generations long past and understand; has anyone hoped in the LORD and been disappointed? Has anyone persevered in his commandments and been forsaken? has anyone called upon him and been rebuffed? Compassionate and merciful is the LORD; he forgives sins, he saves in… Continue reading Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time: Icons of God’s Mercy

Today’s readings The hard part about reading from our Lectionary is that, while it is very good, sometimes the little bits we get of the story aren’t really enough for us to understand, or at least to fully appreciate, what is going on. That’s the case, I think, with today’s first reading. So I could… Continue reading Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time: Icons of God’s Mercy