First Sunday of Advent

Today’s readings “To you, my God, I lift my soul, I trust in you; let me never come to shame. Do not let my enemies laugh at me. No one who waits for you is ever put to shame.” With these words of the proper entrance antiphon today, the Church begins the new Church year. … Continue reading First Sunday of Advent

Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Our readings have been reminding us that the night is far spent and the day is drawing near.  We are called upon today to remain vigilant so that we do not miss the second coming of the Lord.  And it is well that we receive that warning today, on the cusp as we… Continue reading Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You have to wonder what Jesus meant when he said, “this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.”  Certainly the then-current generation had come and gone, and it doesn’t seem like we’ve come to the end of the world.  But the Church would pose two very important questions… Continue reading Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I really don’t like that over-used phrase “at the end of the day.”  You hear it all the time, and it’s one of my top-five least favorite corporate-speak phrases.  But I can’t help but think about this tired old phrase when I read the Scriptures for the Liturgy in these last days of… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

Today’s readings You know, it’s always hard to proclaim this Gospel because I have to try to avoid looking to my left and right in order not to give the impression that this is the last judgment! But seriously, although I’ve heard this Gospel so many times, one thing has kind of leapt out at… Continue reading Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings: Zechariah 2:14-17; Luke 1:46-55; Matthew 12:46-50                I almost don’t like it when we read this particular Gospel reading, because I think it’s out of context enough that we could get the wrong idea about the relationship between Jesus and Mary.  It almost seems as if Jesus doesn’t care about his mother, and… Continue reading The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Our worshipping in these last days of the Church year is often difficult, I think.  And you know why, don’t you?  These readings are just hard to hear.  The readings from Revelation this week have been confusing, to say the least, and maybe even a little frightening.  And if we could ignore the… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You have to love this story of Zacchaeus, I think.  I think there are two main components of the story that really stand out for me as hallmarks of the spiritual life. The first is Zacchaeus’s openness.  First, he is so eager to see Jesus that he climbs up a tree to get… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The rather obvious and certainly oft-repeated application of today’s Gospel reading lies in the very literal interpretation of the word “talent.”  So we have been given many talents, and it’s up to us to use them wisely for the benefit of the kingdom of God.  Woe to the one who ignores his gifts… Continue reading Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You know, this Gospel reading is filled with all sorts of off-putting comments, isn’t it?  I don’t know about you, but I bristle at the thought of comparing God to a dishonest judge!  But that’s not the point here.  Of course, Jesus means that God is so much greater than the dishonest judge,… Continue reading Saturday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time