Thursday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I think today’s reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is a good one for us to hear.  How often are we beset by all the frustrations of the world, and all of the sadness that our own lives can sometimes bring?  I’m not saying that every day is horrible, but we… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Ss. Simon & Jude, Apostles

Today’s readings Today, we celebrate two apostles who, as often is the case, are relatively unknown except that they were followers of Jesus.  Jude is called Judas in Luke and in the Acts of the Apostles.  Matthew and Mark call him Thaddeus.  We have in the New Testament the letter of Jude, which scholars say… Continue reading Ss. Simon & Jude, Apostles

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” That certainly seems simple enough.  But we miss the mark on it all the time, don’t we?  The idea is to put God first, which of course, is the first of the ten… Continue reading Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Have you ever seen a fig tree?  I haven’t.  But I can tell you I’d be pretty frustrated if I had cared for a fig tree for three years and never saw one bit of fruit.  I think we could all understand the man wanting his gardener to cut the tree down and… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Some people would say that Jesus was a peaceful man.  Saying that is really misunderstanding Jesus and who he was.  Because peace wasn’t necessarily his primary interest, at least not peace in the way that we often see it. Because sometimes I think we misread what peace is supposed to be.  We might… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It has often struck me when hearing the news the last several months that being rich in what matters to God is more important than ever.  With banks failing, Wall Street needing a huge bailout, and a 700 billion dollar economic recovery transfusion coming from the government, who among us hasn’t had the… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr

Today’s readings | Today’s saint [Mass for the junior high school children.] Of all birds, sparrows are probably the most insignificant.  They are small in size and dull in color.  They undertake no great flights.  They live in bushes rather than in trees.  Though they are found in vast numbers all over the world, we… Continue reading St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr

Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings When I was in seminary, one of the big courses we had to pass with flying colors early on was called Christology.  As the name might suggest, Christology is the study of Jesus Christ, but perhaps more specifically a study of the Church’s theology about Jesus Christ.  That course covers what we believe… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time: Let your mercy come to me, O Lord

Today’s readings “Let your mercy come to me, O Lord.” I love that there were short verses for the psalm today, and we got to repeat this refrain from the Psalmist over and over.  If you think about it, and if you really enter into it, it becomes a kind of mantra, or Taize chant,… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time: Let your mercy come to me, O Lord

Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It was shortly after lunch that I finished this homily, and who could blame me?  With all this talk of “juicy, rich food” and wedding banquets, and even St. Paul saying that he knew what it was like to be well-fed and what it was like to be hungry, whose mind wouldn’t turn… Continue reading Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time