Saturday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings When we are deeply concerned about our own needs, our own prestige, our own honor, we often end up falling into a pit.  Because that kind of thinking is its own kind of blinder.  We can’t see past all that to notice the greatness of God, and to rejoice in what he is… Continue reading Saturday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It could have been jealousy.  Or maybe they just felt threatened.  Either way, the Pharisees had lost sight of the mission. You could see how they would have been jealous: here they are working long and hard to take care of the many prescripts of their religion, attending with exacting detail to the… Continue reading Friday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Ss. Simon & Jude, apostles

Today’s readings Today, we celebrate two apostles who, as often is the case, are relatively unknown except that they were followers of Jesus.  Jude is called Judas in Luke and in the Acts of the Apostles.  Matthew and Mark call him Thaddeus.  We have in the New Testament the letter of Jude, which scholars say… Continue reading Ss. Simon & Jude, apostles

Monday of the Thritieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The leader of the synagogue had it all wrong, and he of all people should have known what was right.  God always intended the Sabbath day to be a day of rest, yes, but also of healing.  We find great healing when we rest, and so the healing of a person who had… Continue reading Monday of the Thritieth Week of Ordinary Time

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Master, I want to see.” As you might have guessed, today’s Gospel story isn’t about healing a blind man.  Yes, that’s what happened in the story, and it was significant, but that’s not the real essence of the story and it’s not why we have this story in the Scriptures today.  The story… Continue reading Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Paul’s lament has got to be so familiar to all of us, I think.  Most of us really want to be better people, to live the right way, to give witness to Christ in our daily lives.  And much of the time, I think we accomplish that.  But there’s always that downfall in… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings All this talk of beatings aside, I think the scariest words in today’s Gospel come right at the end of the reading:  “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”  Think about how much we all have.  Even in… Continue reading Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

St. Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf and Companions, Martyrs

Today’s readings St. Isaac and St. John were among eight missionaries who worked among the Huron and Iroquois Indians in the New World in the seventeenth century. They were devoted to their work and were accomplishing many conversions. The conversions, though, were not welcomed by the tribes, and eventually St. Isaac was captured and imprisoned… Continue reading St. Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf and Companions, Martyrs

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Today’s readings “I need nothing but God, and to lose myself in the heart of Jesus.” St. Margaret Mary spoke these as her dying words, while being anointed at the age of 43. Margaret was a simple woman and a Visitation nun. She worked as an assistant in the convent infirmary, but God had other… Continue reading St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Saint Teresa of Avila, virgin and Doctor of the Church

Today’s readings: Romans 8:22-27; Psalm 19:8-11; John 15:1-8 Saint Teresa was a virgin, mystic, nun, reformer of the Carmelite order, foundress of the Discalced Carmelites; over all a woman deeply devoted to her God – mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  She was of a large family, toward the end of the group of twelve children.  When… Continue reading Saint Teresa of Avila, virgin and Doctor of the Church