The Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today again, we see Saint Peter sinking into the waves after walking on the water.  Just last week, Peter eloquently professed his faith.  After Jesus asking who they said he was, Peter replies, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  But just a few short verses later, in today’s Gospel,… Continue reading The Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Queenship of Mary

On this, the octave day of the Assumption of Mary, we celebrate another great Marian feast, that of the Queenship of Mary.  Today we celebrate the fifth glorious mystery of the rosary: Mary is crowned queen of heaven and earth.  The Queenship of Mary has been celebrated ever since Pope Pius XII instituted this celebration… Continue reading The Queenship of Mary

Friday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So today we have a Pharisee who is a scholar of the law engaging Jesus in conversation.  I think it’s important for us to know that this scholar wasn’t really interested in Jesus’ point of view, he didn’t expect to learn anything from Jesus.  Instead he was looking for Jesus to say something… Continue reading Friday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings The tradition of the Assumption of Mary dates back to the very earliest days of the Church, all the way back to the days of the apostles. It was known that Mary had “fallen asleep” and that there is a “Tomb of Mary” close to Mount Zion, where the early Christian community had… Continue reading The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

Today’s readings Today’s readings are challenging ones for us.  Certainly we hear a challenge to be welcoming: God’s house is a house of prayer for all peoples, Isaiah tells us.  But I don’t think these readings are just a spot check of our desire to be a welcoming community.  Instead, I think the readings go… Continue reading Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

Saint Dominic, Priest

Today’s readings On a journey through France with his bishop, St. Dominic came across the Albigensian heresy. The Albigensians believed in just two principles in life: good and evil. For them, anything material was evil, and so they denied the Incarnation and the sacraments. On the same principle they abstained from procreation and took a… Continue reading Saint Dominic, Priest

The Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

Todays’ readings I think that today’s readings are readings that call us to hope.  The hope that we have is the presence of our God, even when things are falling apart – even when the wind and the rain and the earthquakes and fire threaten us, God is there.  I thought of that a lot… Continue reading The Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

Friday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings ask us to ponder the question, “what do we have to do to remain in covenant with God?”  And the question, I think, is an important one.  We would want to respond to God’s gracious act of making covenant with us first.  We see in today’s readings that he chose us… Continue reading Friday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Alphonsus Liguori, priest and doctor of the Church

Today’s readings Interestingly enough, and rather coincidentally, we have readings today that show two very different leaders.  Moses has had just about enough, thank you very much.  He is discouraged and cannot bear the leadership of the people.  Certainly God will come to his aid, but he seems to have despaired of that, and it’s… Continue reading Saint Alphonsus Liguori, priest and doctor of the Church