Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time [C]

Today’s readings You know, since I’m currently serving in this, my home parish, I’m going to pass on the opportunity to comment on today’s Gospel: I’ve already reflected long and hard on how a prophet is not accepted in his own native place!  I’d like to talk instead about our second reading today.  Paul’s explanation… Continue reading Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time [C]

Friday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Personal integrity is the thing that can bring down the best of us.  The easiest thing for us to do is to live one life, and that life would be the life that God gives us.  God’s grace is buried when we try to live another life entirely.  David’s momentary lust gave way… Continue reading Friday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Wednesday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Whoever has ears ought to hear.” Hearing is sometimes a difficult challenge for us.  We have laundry lists of things we would like for God to hear.  We can be real good at praying when it entails telling God what we think needs to happen.  But it’s harder for us to just listen,… Continue reading Wednesday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

Today’s readings If we think that we are the ones who get to determine the direction of our lives, we are dead wrong. Look at Saul: educated in all the finest Jewish schools, well-versed in the Law and the Prophets, and zealous for the faith to a fault. He was absolutely the model Jewish man… Continue reading Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time – Respect Life

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy of the Word is kind of a homily about the Liturgy of the Word.  We hear in the readings about how powerful the Word of God is, and what an important part of our lives hearing those words is for those who believe.  Our first reading and our gospel reading both… Continue reading Third Sunday of Ordinary Time – Respect Life

Friday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I think mercy may well be one of the hardest virtues to cultivate; but then again, maybe I am just projecting my own issues!  But in this day of entitlement, I think many people are quick to call others to task for just about anything that irritates them.  How, then, would we have… Continue reading Friday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today we hear about the amazing power of spiritual friendship.  If it were not for Jonathan, Saul would have murdered David not just in the story we heard today, but many times.  The Lord’s rejection of Saul was driving him to madness, and, as many insecure people do, he was doing everything possible… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Wednesday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings If David had advanced against the Philistine with the finest weapons and the most advanced armor possible, the story we have in our first reading would just be nice.  But instead of relying on all kinds of technology to take down the giant, he relied on something more certain than technology and way… Continue reading Wednesday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time: Christian Unity

Today’s readings In today’s Gospel, Jesus is challenging some age-old practices.  He is not saying that fasting is a bad thing, but instead he is saying that something new is going on.  He has come to usher in a new age, and fasting is inappropriate while he is there bringing it in! Today is the… Continue reading Monday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time: Christian Unity

Friday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “We have never seen anything like this.” That statement can be taken in a number of ways.  It could be an expression of amazement: the people were seeing something new in Jesus and found it to be astonishingly wonderful.  That’s almost too much to hope for from them, unfortunately, so what they probably… Continue reading Friday of the First Week of Ordinary Time