St. Andrew the Apostle

Today's readings | Today's saint[Mass for the school children.] Today we celebrate the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle.  Is anyone here named Andrew?  If so, this is your special feast day.  But it is also a feast day for all of us Christians because we are all called to do the same kinds of… Continue reading St. Andrew the Apostle

Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Two are being asked to speak on behalf of their faith today. The first is Daniel, who was asked by King Belshazzar to interpret the handwriting on the wall. (You’ve heard that expression “I can read the writing on the wall” … well this is where that expression comes from.) Daniel doesn’t have… Continue reading Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You know, every time we hear this story about the widow’s mite, the story is equated with the call to stewardship. That’s the classic explanation of the text. And there’s nothing wrong with that explanation. I might even go so far as to preach it that way myself on occasion. But honestly, I… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

Today’s readings I have to admit that this solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King is a funny feast with which to end our Church year. First of all, we Americans don’t get the whole king thing. The monarchical top-down method of government is not what we have had as our heritage for over… Continue reading Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

Friday of the Twenty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Well, with Thanksgiving yesterday, we’ve taken a bit of a break from the readings we have had all week from the book of Maccabees. Today we rejoin the story but it seems things are quite different. On Monday, we heard about King Antiochus Epiphanes and his repulsive plan to blot out the Jewish… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Well, the story we started to hear in yesterday’s first reading about Israel has festered a bit. You may remember yesterday that king Antiochus Epiphanes began to lead the people to follow the ways of the Gentiles: covering over their circumcision, attending schools in the Gentile way of life, abandoning the holy laws.… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Terrible affliction was upon Israel. That’s what we’re told in today’s first reading. Why? Well, because they forgot they had a God who could take care of them. Because they were afflicted by the foreign occupation, they thought the best way to overcome that was by making alliance with their persecutors rather than… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Have you ever felt like the world was coming to an end? Because that’s just exactly how the original readers of Luke’s Gospel felt. The glorious Temple of Jerusalem, once stately and glimmering white and gold in the sunlight, now lay in ruins. Jerusalem was no more, and a world ended with it.… Continue reading Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Today’s readings | Today’s saint “We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.” Those words could well have been said by Mother Cabrini. She was a humble woman of great faith and fortitude, who stayed with her mission. She was refused entrance to the religious order that had educated her.… Continue reading St. Frances Xavier Cabrini