Monday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s readings Why is the human heart so much opposed to hearing the truth and acting on it? I remember as a child I used to hate it when my parents would tell me something and turn out to be right. If the truth be told, I probably still struggle with that a little today.… Continue reading Monday of the Third Week of Lent

The Third Sunday of Lent [A]

Today’s readings Winter is always rough on people, health-wise.  If it’s not the flu, then it’s some sort of virus making its way around.  That’s been true this winter for sure.  Staff members here at church and people in my family have been coming down with one form or another of seasonal illness, and I… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Lent [A]

Monday of the Second Week of Lent

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reading is one that gives me pause, to say the least.  The whole notion of the measure that we use will be the measure that God uses to measure  is more than a little a little scary. Think about it: how often do we fail to give people a break? How… Continue reading Monday of the Second Week of Lent

Feast of Saint Patrick

What always amazes me about our Gospel story is the response of the fishermen to our Lord’s command.  I wonder if they knew him or knew of him before this incident, because it’s amazing that these exhausted fishermen, who were calling it a day, let Jesus get on board their boat, and then proceeded to… Continue reading Feast of Saint Patrick

Monday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.   People often balk at the mere suggestion of being called to personal holiness. Oftentimes, this is wrapped up in a misplaced and false humility, that kind of humility that says that since I’m good for nothing, there is no way I can… Continue reading Monday of the First Week of Lent

Friday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings A lot of people say they aren’t giving up something for Lent, they’re just going to try to do something positive.  When it’s that vague, I often think that means they’re doing nothing at all for Lent, which is sad for them.  But, I usually tell people it doesn’t just have to be… Continue reading Friday after Ash Wednesday

Saints Perpetua and Felicity, virgin martyrs

Today’s readings Saints Perpetua and Felicity and their companions lived in the late second and early third century, during a time of intense persecution of Christians by Emperor Septimius Severus.  Perpetua was a young, beautiful, well-educated, noblewoman of Carthage and mother of an infant son.  Her father was a pagan and her mother a Christian. … Continue reading Saints Perpetua and Felicity, virgin martyrs

The Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

Today’s readings Today’s readings get us to the heart of a very sticky matter.  What is it that is most important in terms of our salvation?  Is it faith in Jesus Christ?  Or is it doing good works?  This question has been the lightning rod of the faith for a long time now.  Disagreement over… Continue reading The Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]