The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

Today’s readings I love these readings today; they are so filled with rich imagery.  We can imagine the scrumptious banquet described in our first reading; we can just picture the picnic that Jesus provided in the gospel.  These are images that perhaps resonate with us as we spend our summertime attending family reunions, picnics, and… Continue reading The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

Saint James, apostle

Today’s readings “Can you drink the chalice of which I am going to drink?” What does that even mean for us?  We know what Jesus’ chalice was like: it led him through sorrow, and abandonment, and ultimately to the cross.  If we have ever been in a situation in which we have felt intense grief,… Continue reading Saint James, apostle

The Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

Today’s readings Think about it.  God comes to you in a dream and says that you can have anything you want.  It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  What would you ask for?  What is the one thing you’d give anything to have? I think the reason Solomon was even asked that question was because God already knew… Continue reading The Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

Today’s readings Many of us have planted gardens, maybe you’ve put in some plants this year.  But I’m always astounded when I’ve planted some seeds.  Here is this tiny, dead-looking thing: how can it ever give life to a large plant?  But that’s just what happens, isn’t it?  We carefully plant the seeds and then… Continue reading The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

Homily for Independence Day: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Famously begins the Declaration of Independence, signed by representatives of the American colonies on July 4, 1776.  Sometimes, I think,… Continue reading Homily for Independence Day: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

Today’s readings I have to say, this is a slightly odd selection of readings that we have today.  Zechariah’s prophecy in the first reading sounds like something from Palm Sunday, which in fact it is.  This is the reading quoted in the Gospel of Matthew that we had at the beginning of the Palm Sunday… Continue reading Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today’s readings I remember when I was growing up, often visiting my dear grandmother.  She and I were best friends in so many ways.  I remember when we visited that she had a beautiful framed picture in the living room, given a spot of honor where everyone could see it, and that picture was of… Continue reading The Sacred Heart of Jesus