Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One thing is sure about the prophet Amos: he doesn’t mince words.  In fact, if you read the whole of his book and don’t find yourself feeling at least a little guilty, you might not be capable of that emotion!  In today’s first reading, Amos puts forward what is, really, the theme of… Continue reading Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Saints Peter and Paul

Today’s readings In today’s Gospel, Peter and the others are asked, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” Both Peter and Paul were committed to the truth about who Christ was. They had too much at stake. Having both messed up their estimation of who Jesus was earlier in their lives, they… Continue reading Saints Peter and Paul

Saint Irenaeus, bishop and martyr

Today’s readings: 2 Timothy 2:22b-26; John 17:20-26 When a person faces opposition from erroneous ideology, there is a difference between refutation or winning an argument and correction.  It might even be fair to say that many people are up to the task of winning an argument, but it takes a saint to be content with… Continue reading Saint Irenaeus, bishop and martyr

Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “For freedom Christ set us free.” These readings seem to me to be a beautiful reflection for this time of year, when we are getting ready for our Independence Day celebrations next week. When our nation’s founders set up this fledgling republic 234 years ago, freedom was certainly one of their primary concerns.… Continue reading Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It might seem like the leper overstated the obvious: “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”  Certainly the Lord can do whatever he wants whenever he wants.  But it is a statement that is well for us to hear, I think.  Our plans need to be centered around God’s will for… Continue reading Friday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s readings Today we celebrate a feast that is a bit unusual for us. When we celebrate a saint’s day, it is usually celebrated on the feast of their death, not their birth. But today we do gather to celebrate the birth of a saint, Saint John the Baptist, and the fact that we’re celebrating… Continue reading The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Wednesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The process of discernment is one that takes the better part of one’s life to learn, I think.  This is a skill that involves a great deal of trial and error, quite a bit of learned wisdom, and of course the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  “By their fruits you will know them,”… Continue reading Wednesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings When I hear that the road that leads to life is narrow and constricted, that makes me a bit uneasy.  The reason for that is I am a lousy packer.  I pretty much always over-pack, not being able to shake the worry of not having something I might need.  What if the weather… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Today’s readings St. Aloysius Gonzaga was a well-connected young man who lived during the Renaissance. His father longed for him to become a military hero, and brought him up in the court society. But Aloysius was affected from an early age by a desire to become one with God, and often practiced great penance and… Continue reading St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Who we are is something many of us spend a lifetime trying to figure out.  Our identity is important to us: it tells us how we fit into the social structure as well as what makes us unique from others.  Until we really know who we are, we are very unlikely to accomplish… Continue reading Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time