St. Jerome

Today’s readings “But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.” These are the words that Jesus speaks to one of the crowd following him today.  Get your priorities straight and set out doing the ministry you have been called to do.  These are words that St. Jerome took to heart.  He immersed his entire… Continue reading St. Jerome

Ss. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, archangels

Today’s readings This is the beginning of a rather angelic week for us Catholics.  Today we celebrate the feast of the archangels, and on Friday we will have the joy of honoring our guardian angels.  We celebrate the way the angels protect and guide us and keep us on the path to Christ. Many people… Continue reading Ss. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, archangels

Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings God’s salvation is radical.  Zechariah, in the first reading, is speaking to the broken Israel.  On account of its sins, it was taken into captivity and exiled to Babylon.  The fate they suffered was well deserved.  Generations had rejected the Lord’s covenant, had instead turned to the pagan gods worshipped by the people… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings When we think about prophets and prophecy, I think our minds always take us to ancient days.  All the prophets we can think of lived many centuries ago: Moses, Elijah, Jeremiah, Amos and all the rest, right up to John the Baptist who was the last of the prophets of old and the… Continue reading Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Fear is a bad thing.  Fear destroys discipleship.  In the case of the gospel story today, fear kept the disciples from understanding.  As well we know, Jesus was speaking to them about his passion and death, and they didn’t get it.  They didn’t get it because that was not their idea of what… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel is very interesting compared with yesterday’s.  Yesterday, Herod was trying to figure out who Jesus was; today Jesus is asking who people said he was.  What is most interesting is that the answers both times are the same.  The people advising Herod gave the same answers as the Twelve did today:… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You know, I think Herod was asking the right question.  Sure, he was asking it for all the wrong reasons, but still, it is the right question.  And that question is, “Who is Jesus?” What Herod was hearing about Jesus is pretty much what the disciples told Jesus when Jesus asked, “Who do… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I am an over-packer.  As hard as I try, I pretty much always pack way too much.  So I always wondered why Jesus ordered the disciples to take nothing with them for the journey.  No walking stick or second tunic or any kind of money.  Well, I think there’s two reasons.  The first… Continue reading Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

St. Matthew, apostle and evangelist

Today’s readings How wonderful for us to celebrate the feast of St. Matthew. Because Matthew was qualified to be a disciple of Jesus in much the same way that we are qualified to be disciples of Jesus-which is to say, not at all. Matthew was a tax collector, working for the Roman occupation government. His… Continue reading St. Matthew, apostle and evangelist

Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time [B]

Today’s readings Nobody ever becomes rich and famous by being righteous.    We may never forget who interrupted an awards show or a presidential press conference with an immature comment, but the most truly righteous people will hardly be remembered. How many people even care about the idea of being righteous?  The world is so often… Continue reading Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time [B]