Monday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings There are so many places I could go with today’s first reading: it give us so many opportunities to look at leadership and the spiritual life. But I think what leapt out at me today is that Moses asks Aaron the exact right question: “What did this people ever do to you that… Continue reading Monday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy of the Word gives us a welcome look at the urgent need for persistent prayer. In our readings today we see God’s openness to our prayers, we hear a model for our prayers, and we receive some instruction on what prayer should be like. But above all, the point that we… Continue reading Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Most of the time when I preach, the homily isn’t really for me. There is always something in the Scriptures that speaks to me in some way, but the main message that I receive from God is not necessarily addressed to me. That’s how preaching works: the Word is for all of us,… Continue reading Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today's readings When I was in seminary, one of my professors used to tell us that the most basic prayer we had to learn was to walk outside, look up and say, "You are God, and I am not." I think that prayer was first uttered by one of the saints, but I could not… Continue reading Friday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings God says to Moses today, “I AM who am.” God cannot be known as something or someone static or even two dimensional. Our God is a God who is active, relational, transcendent and yet immanent, our God is not something or someone, but is in many ways a verb: I AM who am.… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It’s a frightening thing, I think, to hear Jesus say in today’s Gospel reading, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword.” And it’s frightening not because of some actual sword that might impale us, but instead because… Continue reading Monday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.” Joseph realized what this Gospel statement of Jesus meant long before Jesus himself ever uttered it. Given his position of power, he could have had all of his brothers imprisoned or worse because of what they did to him. But he doesn’t… Continue reading Thursday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Some people think that the spiritual life should be easy. Today’s readings prove to us that it’s not that way. Jacob wrestles with “some man” in today’s first reading; ostensibly, it’s God himself. They tussle all day long and finally they declare it a draw, but leave poor Jacob injured from the battle.… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings If we want to know if we are doing God’s will, I think, we need to examine our lives for evidence of joy. The disciple who goes about his or her work in this world grudgingly and amidst a total disconnect with other people isn’t much of a disciple at all, I’m afraid.… Continue reading Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time