Saturday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” This is the second time this week that we have heard these words.  The first was on Sunday, in connection with the Pharisee and the tax collector praying in the temple.  Then, on Wednesday, we heard… Continue reading Saturday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Today’s readings Today, we celebrate two apostles who, as often is the case, are relatively unknown except that they were followers of Jesus.  Jude is called Judas in Luke and in the Acts of the Apostles.  Matthew and Mark call him Thaddeus.  We have in the New Testament the letter of Jude, which scholars say… Continue reading Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings What does it take for us to be known by God?  After all, God forbid we’d be among those to whom he says: “I do not know where you are from.”  I think the answer comes in that last verse of the reading: “For behold, some are last who will be first, and… Continue reading Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The injunction for wives to be submissive to their husbands, given in our first reading, certainly offends our modern. That’s just not the kind of thing we say in this society –now.  Yet this was the norm in the society in which St. Paul ministered.  So that command would hardly have raised an… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Loose lips sink ships.”  That’s a saying that I learned somewhere in my early elementary school life.  I don’t think I fully understood what it meant at the time – all I appreciated was that it told me to keep my mouth shut.  But as I’ve lived and matured, I know very well… Continue reading Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The thing is, you know, the Pharisee was quite right. His righteousness was beyond reproach. He has been innocent of greed, dishonesty and adultery. He has been more pious than even the law requires. Fasting was only required once a year, on the Day of Atonement, but he fasts twice a week. Tithes… Continue reading The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In our overly-litigious society, Jesus’ words that we are to make an effort to settle the matter on the way are a good call to refocus.  This call shifts the emphasis from winning to healing, and it calls us to do some hard things.  In order to settle the matter, we will have… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Some people would say that Jesus was a peaceful man.  And that is a basically true statement.  But I think that we have to understand that peace wasn’t necessarily his primary interest, at least not peace in the way that we often see it. Because sometimes I think we misread what peace is… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

St. Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf and Companions, Martyrs

Today’s readings St. Isaac and St. John were among eight missionaries who worked among the Huron and Iroquois Indians in the New World in the seventeenth century. They were devoted to their work and were accomplishing many conversions. The conversions, though, were not welcomed by the tribes, and eventually St. Isaac was captured and imprisoned… Continue reading St. Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf and Companions, Martyrs

Saint Luke, evangelist

Today’s readings Saint Luke, of course, is best known for contributing two major works to the New Testament: the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles.  In these works, we can see the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, along with his proclamation of the kingdom and the many graces he came to pour… Continue reading Saint Luke, evangelist