Monday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today Jesus tussles not with the scribes and Pharisees as he often does, but instead with the people of his own home town.  They are amazed at his words and speak highly of him, right up until the time when he begins to challenge them.  Then they have no more use for them. … Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time [B]

Today’s readings What is it that you have brought with you to Mass today?  That, I think, is the real question our readings are asking us.  What’s at issue is what it takes to be a follower of God, a true disciple. For the Israelites to whom Moses was speaking in our first reading, it… Continue reading Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time [B]

Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings How wonderful it is to be known by God.  Today the Psalmist prays, “O LORD, you have probed me and you know me; you know when I sit and when I stand; you understand my thoughts from afar.”  Being known by God implies also being cared for by God.  Why would God busy… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

St. Bartholomew, Apostle

Today’s readings Will the real St. Bartholomew please stand up?  Bartholomew is one of the saints that we know almost nothing about.  He is mentioned in the lists of the apostles, but nowhere else in Scripture.  So, as is true of many of the saints, what we know about him belongs mostly to the realm… Continue reading St. Bartholomew, Apostle

Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today our Liturgy of the Word gives us the last of the readings from St. John’s Gospel that we call the Bread of Life Discourse.  We’ve been reading from that one chapter of John – chapter six – for five weeks now.  It all began with the feeding of the multitudes.  Jesus took… Continue reading Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

St. Pius X, pope

Today’s readings In our first reading today, Ruth had already figured out the teaching that Jesus spoke about in our Gospel reading.  She refused to leave her mother-in-law alone, even though she herself was from a distant land and a different people.  She could have turned and gone back there, and her mother-in-law gave her… Continue reading St. Pius X, pope

Wednesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We spend a lot of time, too much time really, looking at other people and what is going on with them.  We can be so worried that others will end up with something better than what we have, that we may very well miss the great blessings that are set out for us. … Continue reading Wednesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reading follows immediately after yesterday’s in which the rich young man went away sad, not knowing how he could attain eternal life, because he had many possessions.  Today, Jesus explains to his disciples what was going on.  “Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So the question today is, what is it that holds us back?  The rich young man seemed to have it all together: he acknowledged Jesus as the good teacher, so he must have been familiar with what Jesus said and did.  He kept all the commandments, so he certainly had a religious upbringing… Continue reading Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time [B]

Today’s readings Today we have set before us two tables.  One is the incredibly rich banquet of wisdom, and the other is, I don’t know, the fast food of foolishness, I guess.  The question is, at which table have we been eating? We see in today’s first reading the personification of wisdom.  Wisdom is seen… Continue reading Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time [B]