Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings I think that two words sum up what we are being told today in our Liturgy of the Word: WAKE UP.  There is a lot of waking up going on: Abram falls into a deep trance and is enveloped in terrifying darkness, he then wakes up to see God ratifying the covenant.  The… Continue reading Second Sunday of Lent

Pastoral Care of the Sick: Anointing of the Sick During Mass

Today’s readings: Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12; Psalm 25; James 5:13-16; Matthew 8:5-17 I first met Tom probably a few weeks after I started my first assignment as a priest at St. Raphael’s back in the summer of 2006.  He was a young man, probably around my age, and was suffering the effects of cancer.  His… Continue reading Pastoral Care of the Sick: Anointing of the Sick During Mass

Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings Well, how far are we supposed to take that?  Love our enemies?  Pray for those who persecute us?  I mean, that’s real easy to hear until we actually think about it, isn’t it?  Those people who gossip about us, cut us off in traffic, make a ruckus in our neighborhoods until all hours… Continue reading Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings The prophet Isaiah and Jesus speak today about the great power of words. Isaiah speaks specifically of the power of God’s word, a word that will not return empty but will go out and accomplish the purpose for which God sent it. We see the word that the prophet speaks of here, of… Continue reading Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, apostle

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the feast of the Chair of St. Peter the apostle. This is a feast that commemorates Jesus giving the servant authority of the Church to St. Peter, as we heard in today’s Gospel. This is a special day of prayer for the Pope, the successor of St. Peter among us.… Continue reading Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, apostle

First Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings Perhaps the greatest sin of modern times, maybe of all time, is that we sometimes forget who we are.  Politicians forget that they are elected officials, given the trust of the people they serve, and so they become embroiled in a scandal or sell themselves to special interest groups.  Church leaders forget that… Continue reading First Sunday of Lent

Friday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings A lot of people say they aren’t giving up something for Lent, they’re just going to try to do something nice for people.  When it’s that vague, I often think that means they’re doing nothing at all for Lent, which is sad.  But, I usually tell people it doesn’t just have to be… Continue reading Friday after Ash Wednesday

Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time: Mardi Gras

Today’s readings “Every good giving and every good gift is from above.”  This word that we have from St. James today is so encouraging on this Mardi Gras day.  As we get ready for the spiritual rigors of Lent, we might be tempted to see our fasting, almsgiving and prayer as onerous and undesirable.  But… Continue reading Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time: Mardi Gras

Monday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings St. James today encourages us to consider it all joy when we experience trial.  I don’t know about you, but that’s not the emotion I usually find in frustrating or fearful circumstances.  And considering that the people to whom James was writing were probably being persecuted, they probably weren’t overjoyed at their trials… Continue reading Monday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So Jeroboam set up idols, and led the people into sin.  That’s just about the most rotten thing one person can do to another.  My seminary professor used to say that leading another person into sin was worse than murdering them in cold blood, because murdering them could only end their life on… Continue reading Saturday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time