Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This morning, the prophet Jeremiah is urgently reminding the people Israel – and us too! – that every good thing we have, every blessing we receive, all of it comes from the Lord God Almighty.  Israel was trying to find blessing in the strange gods of the peoples around them, the baals.  But… Continue reading Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of Mary

Today’s readings: Sirach 44:1, 44:10-15, Psalm 132:11-18, Matthew 13:16-17 “Now I will praise those godly men and women, our ancestors, each in their own time.” We don’t know much, well anything really, about Joachim and Anne.  Even in the Gospels where the ancestry of Jesus is traced, nothing is really said about Mary’s family, so we don’t… Continue reading Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of Mary

Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings During this summer chunk of the Church’s Ordinary Time, we have the beautiful opportunity to reflect on our discipleship.  We are all called to discipleship, that is, to follow the Lord, in whatever way God has chosen for us.  And so, during these summer months, we hear of beautiful aspects of that discipleship,… Continue reading Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This morning’s Gospel passage is the explanation of the parable of the seed and the sower, which we heard on Wednesday morning.  What we quickly find out is that the parable is all about us.  Clearly the ideal is the good soil which produces much fruit, and just as clearly, we don’t want… Continue reading Friday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The job of a prophet is not an easy one.  And we should all know, because we are all in some ways the prophetic seeds the Lord is sowing in the world.  We might fall on good soil, or amongst rocks or thorns, but wherever we are, we are expected to bear fruit. … Continue reading Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The prophet Micah, in our first reading, proclaims the whole reason for our being here this morning.  What is incredible about our God is his limitless compassion, his relentless pursuit of a people who often spurn him, his steadfast faithfulness and consistent, unconditional, unending, unmerited love for all of us.  He actually delights,… Continue reading Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So Jesus today speaks of the “sign of Jonah.”  I think this sign could mean a couple of different things.  First, it is a direct parallel to the life of Jesus.  Just as Jonah spent three days as good as dead in the belly of the big fish before being disgorged to a… Continue reading Monday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I have to confess that part of me dislikes the Gospel reading we have today.  Dislike is probably too strong a word: it just kind of makes me uneasy.  That’s because I don’t like the idea that there is some kind of competition between the duties of hospitality and the joy of contemplation… Continue reading Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In today’s Gospel story, the Pharisees are supposedly defending the law that the Sabbath was a day of rest, in accordance with the Third Commandment.  What the disciples were doing though, was to provide food for their own hunger.  The disciples weren’t rich men, and so we can probably surmise that they depended… Continue reading Friday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

Today’s readings Kateri Tekakwitha was born in 1656 to a Christian Algonquin woman. Her parents died in a smallpox epidemic – which left Kateri herself disfigured and half blind – when she was just four years old. She went to live with her uncle who succeeded her own father as chief of the clan. Her… Continue reading Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha