Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I want to feel bad for Lot’s wife in today’s first reading.  Not only is she not even called by name in the entire reading, but she gets turned into a pillar of salt just for a backward glance.  But, sad as it is, this is the whole point of the reading, and… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Saints Peter and Paul

Today’s readings In today’s Gospel, Peter and the others are asked, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” Both Peter and Paul were committed to the truth about who Christ was. They had too much at stake. Having both messed up their estimation of who Jesus was earlier in their lives, they… Continue reading Saints Peter and Paul

Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [B]

Today’s readings These readings today are just incredible. In one sense, they give us a reason for hope and a foundation for faith, but in another sense, they raise some pastoral questions that are difficult to answer. The very first words of today’s Liturgy of the Word reach out and grab us: “God did not… Continue reading Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [B]

Saturday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s first reading reminds me of times growing up when I’d laugh at inappropriate times, which was pretty often. Come to think of it, some things might not have changed that much, but I digress. But growing up, especially when there was tension, I’d often laugh, and I’d hate it when I got… Continue reading Saturday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Lord, if you wish you can make me clean.” In some ways, that is the biggest understatement in all of Scripture. We would say to the leper, “of course God can make you clean, God can do anything God wants to do.” But for the leper, I think it’s less of an understatement… Continue reading Friday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So today we learn that just because we call on the Lord, that doesn’t mean that the Lord is at our whim, someone we can summon in the same way as we press a button on the remote and the television comes to life. That’s what the whole nasty business with Abram and… Continue reading Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It’s time to get going, to set out on the journey.  That’s the message of our Gospel today, and I think it’s a timely one, coming as it does as some of us are preparing for, or maybe even returning from, our summer vacations.  I have fond memories of taking vacations in the… Continue reading Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today’s readings I remember when I was growing up, often visiting my dear grandmother.  She and I were best friends in so many ways.  I remember when we visited that she had a beautiful framed picture in the living room, given a spot of honor where everyone could see it, and that picture was of… Continue reading The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Thursday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I think it’s good to have this Gospel reading about the Lord’s prayer in today’s Liturgy of the Word.  So often with familiar prayers like this, we can say them so automatically that we can get to the end of the prayer without the prayer ever registering in our minds.  So when we… Continue reading Thursday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time