St. Jerome

Today’s readings It seems like St. Jerome had much in common with the disciples of today’s Gospel reading.  Jerome, rather unfortunately, was known for his quick temper and sometimes mean-spirited pen.  If they had email in those days, he’d be the one to fire off a quick nastygram without even taking time to think about… Continue reading St. Jerome

Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Sometimes it’s hard to accept that something is in our best interest when we first hear of it.  I can remember often growing up not wanting to do something like go on a retreat or join the youth group, but my parents giving me that gentle nudge to do it anyway.  And then… Continue reading Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

St. Vincent de Paul, priest

Today’s readings St. Vincent became a priest with the expectation of enjoying the easy, affluent sort of life priests had in those days.  That was his goal in some ways until he heard the deathbed confession of a dying servant.  That encounter led him to realize the extremely great needs of the poor in France.… Continue reading St. Vincent de Paul, priest

Friday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Our first reading this past week has been taking us on a kind of tour of the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament.  Today’s pearl of wisdom, from the book of Ecclesiastes, talks about the seasons of a person’s life.  In some ways, the book of Ecclesiastes can seem to be the most… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today we continue our week-long quest for wisdom.  Today’s pearl of wisdom has us thinking about the things that worry us.  Herod was worried about Jesus to the point of morbid curiosity.  He was afraid that Jesus was some kind of reincarnation of St. John the Baptist.  He worried about what people must… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today we begin a little excursion into the Wisdom Literature of the Scriptures.  The first readings this week will be from Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, two of the strongest pieces of Wisdom Literature in the Old Testament.  Our friends in CREEDS studied the Wisdom Literature last year, so this is a bit of a… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Ever since I can remember hearing this parable of the day laborers, it has rubbed me the wrong way.  Maybe it does that for you too, as you sit here having just had it proclaimed to you.  Yes, the landowner describes himself as “generous,” but it seems like he is only really generous… Continue reading Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Ss. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Companions, Martyrs

Today’s readings Korea was introduced to Christianity in the late 1500s when some Koreans were baptized, probably by Christian Japanese soldiers who invaded Korea at that time. It was not until the late 1700s that a priest managed to sneak into Korea, and when he did, he found about 4000 Catholics, none of whom had… Continue reading Ss. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Companions, Martyrs

Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today we get a bit of a glimpse as to how Jesus’ day-to-day ministry worked.  We can see three things in particular that characterize how things happened.  First, he journeyed to proclaim the Good News.  He met people where they were, and even sought them out.  This shows us God’s relentless pursuit of… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The ancient fathers of the church always taught that every day of our life is a preparation for death; that we should keep the dying of the Lord before us.  That’s a principle of the spiritual life that ought to still be relevant to us today.  This is not the same thing as… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time