Ss. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, archangels

Today’s readings The celebration of the archangels is a chance for us to see heaven touching earth.  The Psalmist says today, “In the presence of the angels I will sing your praise; I will worship at your holy temple and give thanks to your name.”  And that’s the whole point of our life of faith,… Continue reading Ss. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, archangels

Tuesday of the Twenty-sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We should all be paying very close attention to the words of Job in our first reading.  It started yesterday, and will go on for a little while.  It’s important for us to hear from Job, because we have been, are, or will be where Job is any number of times in our… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twenty-sixth Week of Ordinary Time

St. Vincent de Paul, priest

Today’s readings St. Vincent became a priest with the expectation of enjoying the easy, affluent sort of life priests had in those days.  That was his goal in some ways until he heard the deathbed confession of a dying servant.  That encounter led him to realize the extremely great needs of the poor in France.… Continue reading St. Vincent de Paul, priest

The Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time [Cycle C]

Today’s readings The past two weekends, we have had the first reading come from the book of the prophet Amos.  I love Amos.  He doesn’t mince words, and you can usually tell what he’s getting at right away.  Today, though, I think it’s a little harder to understand what he means.  The line that jumps… Continue reading The Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time [Cycle C]

Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One of the most important spiritual tools is that of mindfulness.  You could translate that as a kind of being in the moment; being aware of what is happening, what God is doing here an now.  This is a difficult concept for us modern people to get, because we fly from one thing… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I like to be on time for things.  It bugs me when people are late.  I was raised to be punctual, so I am very aware of time.  The author of Ecclesiastes is aware of time today also, but in a slightly different way.  He knows that there is a time and a… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I have to tell you, today’s gospel reading gives me a little bit of a panic attack deep down inside!  I tend to over-pack, and really, over-prepare for everything.  Even though I was never a boy scout, the whole idea of being prepared just really resonates with me.  And so when Jesus says… Continue reading Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Ss. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Companions, Martyrs

Today’s readings In the 1800s, Andrew Kim became the first native Korean to become a priest when he traveled 1300 miles to seminary in China. He managed to find his way back into the country six years later. When he returned home, he arranged for more men to travel to China for studies. He was… Continue reading Ss. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Companions, Martyrs

The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The prophet Amos didn’t mince any words when it came to doing what God asked of him.  His central message was that the worship of the people Israel was completely messed up, because they dishonored God in their daily living, in every possible way, at every possible moment. Today’s first reading is evidence… Continue reading The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel gives us a bit of a glimpse as to how Jesus’ day-to-day ministry worked.  One of the things we certainly notice is the meticulous mention of the women that were among his followers.  In a day where a woman’s participation in anything of a public nature would be totally frowned upon,… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time