Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings When I was in high school, I went on our youth group’s senior retreat. On that retreat each of us seniors was given a paperback New Testament in which a verse had been highlighted. They were given out randomly, with trust that the Holy Spirit would speak to us in some way through… Continue reading Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

Today’s readings What we are celebrating in today’s feast is the fact that prison bars cannot silence truth. John the Baptist was not asked to renounce his faith; indeed Herod was probably very interested in John’s faith and may have even asked him about it on occasion. Not that he wanted to convert, mind you,… Continue reading Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Today’s readings Life’s lessons are most often clearer in hindsight. Toward that end, St. Paul begins his letter to the Corinthians today with almost a litany of thanks. He thanks God for all of the members of the Church who have responded to his tireless preaching of the Gospel. For Paul, thankfulness was the only… Continue reading St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today we have readings urging us to pay attention. Paul tells the Thessalonians in our first reading today not to freak out if they hear about the second coming of Christ. Rather, they should be in the moment and live as they have been taught and formed in the Gospel which Paul preached… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Back when I was selling computers, they always taught us that one of the first good rules of sales was never to ask a question to which you didn’t already know the answer. I think teachers get taught that principle as well. I can’t help but think that Jesus’ question to the disciples… Continue reading Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

St. Pius X, pope

Today’s readings St. Pius would have been a great organizer of the feast that our Gospel tells us about today. The whole point of the feast is that all are welcome, but some choose not to come, or don’t come worthily. Jesus was speaking pointedly to the Jewish rulers who should have had the place… Continue reading St. Pius X, pope

Tuesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings These are hard readings today, aren’t they? More than that, I think; they are harsh readings. But that’s probably a good thing, because they make a point that we all need to hear from time to time. Sometimes when people think about what the greatest sin would be, they might point to a… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings As we have been reading from Matthew’s Gospel this year, we have seen various levels of faith: “lacking faith” as seen in the Jewish community, most particularly in the Pharisees and Sadducees, “little faith” as seen in the disciples, and particularly in the Twelve, and “great faith” as seen in surprising places, like… Continue reading Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Those words, spoken by St. Elizabeth to Mary, summarize what is so important about celebrating the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary’s faith, to me, is remarkable. She could never have known where doing the… Continue reading The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest and martyr

Today’s readings Maximilian Kolbe became a Franciscan novice at the age of 16. Earlier in life he had a vision of the Blessed Virgin offering him two crowns, a white one of purity, and a red one of martyrdom. Maximilian said “I choose both.” The Blessed Virgin smiled and departed from him. Maximilian devoted his… Continue reading St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest and martyr