Monday of the Twenty-second week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The defense St. Paul was making to the Corinthians in today’s first reading describes a way of living that might be very useful for us to consider.  Rather than caring about what people thought of him and proclaiming the word in a powerful way, he instead resolved to keep himself focused on Jesus… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-second week of Ordinary Time

Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time [C]

Today’s readings For each of the deadly sins, there is also a life-giving virtue.  Today, our readings focus on humility, which is the life-giving virtue that is the antidote to pride.  Of the seven deadly sins, pride is usually considered the original and the most serious of the sins.  Pride was the sin that caused… Continue reading Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time [C]

Wednesday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Jesus had his skirmishes with the Scribes and Pharisees, but today he seems particularly exasperated with them.  And who could blame him?  They of all people should have known who Jesus was and should have been on board with what he was trying to accomplish.  But instead, they settle for the mere appearance… Continue reading Wednesday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Bartholomew, apostle

Today’s readings What tradition tells us about St. Bartholomew is that he is often identified with Nathanael in the Gospel.  That explains why Nathanael is prominent in the Gospel reading for today.  Nathanael – or Bartholomew, take your pick – is picked out of the crowd by Jesus.  Nathanael is surprised at what Jesus says… Continue reading Saint Bartholomew, apostle

Monday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s gospel has Jesus taking the Scribes and Pharisees to task for forgetting what is really holy and treating things as sacred while ignoring God who is holiness itself.  Apparently, they thought that swearing an oath by the gold of the temple was more binding than an oath simply sworn on the temple… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time [C]

Today’s readings In my last assignment, at St. Raphael in Naperville, there was a huge football program for elementary school kids called St. Raphael Football.  It was not just a team, but a league, and lots of surrounding churches had teams in the league.  You couldn’t live in Naperville and not have heard of St.… Continue reading The Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time [C]

Wednesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The important thing is that we all come to salvation.  Those who have the benefit of being called earlier in their lives, perhaps being baptized as infants, have the blessing of being trained in the faith their whole life long.  If we’re serious about our faith, we are overjoyed when a new person… Continue reading Wednesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings remind us of the danger of holding on to things that have no permanence.  The rich young man in today’s gospel reading discovers that following the rules is only just a good start; to really gain heaven you must be willing to let go of the fading riches of this world. … Continue reading Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings In every age of the world, people have needed hope.  Because in every age of the world, there has been unbelievable hardship.  There has always been war, and disease, and poverty, and oppression, and alienation, and all the rest.  There has always been sin, and broken relationships, and impure desires and that feeling… Continue reading The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

St. Maximilian Kolbe, priest and martyr

Today’s readings Maximilian Kolbe became a Franciscan novice at the age of 16. Earlier in life he had a vision of the Blessed Virgin offering him two crowns, a white one of purity, and a red one of martyrdom. Maximilian said “I choose both.” The Blessed Virgin smiled and departed from him. Maximilian devoted his… Continue reading St. Maximilian Kolbe, priest and martyr