Saint Andrew the Apostle

Today’s readings There are two presentations of Andrew’s discipleship in Scripture.  In the Gospel story we have today, Andrew is called at the same time as his brother Peter.  They are both fishermen, and are casting their nets into the sea.  Jesus, of course, has plans for them to cast nets for bigger fish, for… Continue reading Saint Andrew the Apostle

Monday of the First Week of Advent

Today’s readings Could you do that?  You have someone close to you at home, and you know Jesus is near and one visit could heal her or him.  Yet, you realize the unworthiness that you have, that we all have, for him to come under your roof.  Would you have faith enough to tell him… Continue reading Monday of the First Week of Advent

The First Sunday of Advent [A]

Today’s readings I don’t know about you, but I always find this weekend after Thanksgiving to be a little strange.  And I love Thanksgiving: what a great holiday when we don’t have to worry about shopping for gifts, but instead can concentrate on a nice meal with family or friends, or whatever our traditions may… Continue reading The First Sunday of Advent [A]

Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Jesus says to us today, “this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.”  This includes all of us, past, present and future.  We will all live, in some way, to see the end of days, either here on earth, or from the joy of heaven. So what will… Continue reading Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Andrew Dũng-Lac, priest and martyr, and his companions, martyrs

Today’s readings St. Andrew Dung-Lac was a priest in Vietnam in the early nineteenth century. He and his 116 companions, including Spanish Dominicans, members of the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris, and 96 Vietnamese, including 36 other priests, were all martyred around the year 1839. It is estimated that between 100,000 and 300,000 Catholics… Continue reading Saint Andrew Dũng-Lac, priest and martyr, and his companions, martyrs

Saint Cecilia, virgin and martyr

Today’s readings According to legend, Saint Cecilia was a young Christian of high rank betrothed to a Roman named Valerian. Through her influence Valerian was converted, and was martyred along with his brother.  A legend about Cecilia’s own death says that after being struck three times on the neck with a sword, she lived for… Continue reading Saint Cecilia, virgin and martyr

Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

Today’s readings I wonder if this solemnity of Christ the King is one to which many people can relate.  In our American society, so many people don’t recognize or accept any authority outside of their own personal opinion of what is okay, let alone grasp the concept of a monarchical, top-down method of government. And… Continue reading Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

Saturday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings When time runs short, we often worry about the silliest things. Maybe the reason for that is we don’t know what to do, so taking care of the small stuff makes it seem like we are getting someplace. Only we’re not. For example, I have this kind of big impending move to take… Continue reading Saturday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Just like John in today’s reading from the Revelation, we who are followers of Jesus are called to take in the Scriptures and internalize them.  And just as for him, they will first taste sweet: our initial experience with God, or even a fresh new experience of him will often be a pleasant… Continue reading Friday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Our worshipping in these last days of the Church year is often difficult, I think.  And the reason is that these readings are just hard to hear.  The readings from Revelation this week have been confusing, to say the least, and maybe even a little frightening.  And even if we could ignore the… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time