St. Ignatius of Loyola

Today’s readings St. Ignatius is a good example of what the Lord is saying through Jeremiah the prophet today. Just like the potter, God can and does form and re-form us all through our lives, becoming ourselves more and more like the potter, more and more one with the potter’s actions. St. Ignatius was all… Continue reading St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. Martha

Today's readings You know, I think St. Martha gets kind of a bad rap in general.  She is maybe best known for the fact that she complained about having to do all the cooking and serving while her sister Mary sat at Jesus’ feet the whole time.  Jesus told her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious… Continue reading St. Martha

Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today's readings Someone once told me about a movie called “Everest.”  I haven’t seen it, but I’m told it’s about a mountain climbing expedition that went horribly wrong. The climbers were making their way to Everest's summit when a storm came up and stranded them on the mountain. The storm was so severe that rescuers… Continue reading Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Ss. Joachim and Anne, Parents of Mary

Today's readings: Sirach 44:1, 44:10-15, Psalm 132:11-18, Matthew 13:16-17 “Now I will praise those godly men and women,our ancestors, each in their own time.” We don’t know much, well anything really, about Joachim and Anne.  Even in the Gospels where the ancestry of Jesus is traced, nothing is really said about Mary’s family, so we… Continue reading Ss. Joachim and Anne, Parents of Mary

Feast of St. James, Apostle

Today's readings “Can you drink the chalice of which I am going to drink?” What does that even mean for us?  We know what Jesus’ chalice was like: it led him through sorrow, and abandonment, and ultimately to the cross.  If we have ever been in a situation in which we have felt intense grief,… Continue reading Feast of St. James, Apostle

Thursday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today's readings We’ve just had this Gospel reading in the Sunday readings in the last couple of weeks, so I thought I’d touch on a few verses that I didn’t go into in that homily.  And these are some of the most powerful words in Scripture for me, and always a challenge for me: “But… Continue reading Thursday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today's readings The job of a prophet is not an easy one.  And we should all know, because we are all in some ways the prophetic seeds the Lord is sowing in the world.  We might fall on good soil, or amongst rocks or thorns, but wherever we are, we are expected to bear fruit. … Continue reading Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today's readings Sometimes, as St. Paul reminds the Romans today, we do not know how to pray as we ought.  In fact, learning how to pray as we ought is a discipline that takes a lifetime to perfect.  The saints have done it, and maybe you even know some living saints whose prayer is pretty… Continue reading Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today's readings There is a wonderful, comforting message in today’s readings, and it’s a message that speaks to all of us when we’re at the end of the rope in our faith life.  That message is that God hears the cries of all of us who are poor in one way or another.  Whether we’re… Continue reading Saturday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time