St. John Bosco

Today’s readings St. John Bosco was a master catechist who knew the importance of living and teaching and handing on the faith that the author of our first reading talked about.  “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for,” the author writes, “and evidence of things not seen.”  John Bosco was a man who… Continue reading St. John Bosco

Thursday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “For he who made the promise is trustworthy.” Brothers and sisters in Christ, if these are the only words we take from this holy place today, we’re doing pretty well.  The essence of our faith is based on this rock-solid statement from the writer of Hebrews: “For he who made the promise is… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It’s interesting that in the Gospel reading it’s the unclean spirits who recognize the holiness of Jesus.  The religious leaders of the time didn’t get it, and sometimes I think we don’t either.  The author of our letter to the Hebrews today puts it rather clearly: “It was fitting that we should have… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We know how the interactions between Jesus and the Pharisees affected the Pharisees.  They hated every moment, and sought occasion to put Jesus out of the picture.  But I cannot help but thing that for Jesus, these occasions had to be rather frustrating.  Here are the most educated of the Jews, the people… Continue reading Tuesday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We are in many ways a nation of “doers.”  We spend a lot of time measuring productivity, looking for results, documenting procedures, making things happen.  I think that many of us, myself included, if we were asked, just want to get things done.  I think of the old Nike commercial: “just do it.” … Continue reading Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In today’s Gospel, we have the epiphany of Jesus manifested as one who identifies with sinners.  That is not, of course, to say that he was a sinner; quite the contrary, we know that Jesus was like us in all things but sin.  But today we see that he is certainly concerned with… Continue reading Saturday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today, Jesus manifests himself not just as one who came to do flashy deeds and heal the sick, but as one who does will that we would be made clean.  If we take the miracle we have in today’s Gospel at face value, then it’s really nothing special, to be honest.  Jesus comes… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It seems like just yesterday that John the Baptist was baptizing Jesus in the Jordan River.  Oh wait, it was just yesterday!  But today’s reading fast forwards a bit and takes us to a time after John has been arrested.  John isn’t dead yet, not yet out of the picture, but clearly he… Continue reading Monday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

The Baptism of the Lord

Today’s readings Let’s reflect on two things today: the violence and the voice. First, the violence.  Back on the first Sunday of Advent we read from the book of the prophet Isaiah.  That particular reading was focusing on how bad things had become.  People were cheating one another, especially the poor and the powerless.  Corruption… Continue reading The Baptism of the Lord

Friday After Epiphany

Today’s readings Today I used the readings from Epiphany because I was celebrating Mass with the school children. You know, I think it’s very important that we pay real close attention to where the wise men went, and what got them there.  These astrologers weren’t people who knew about Jesus.  But, as they told King… Continue reading Friday After Epiphany