The Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

Today’s readings For each of the deadly sins, there is also a life-giving virtue.  Today, our readings focus on humility, which is the life-giving virtue that is the antidote to pride.  Of the seven deadly sins, pride is usually considered the original and the most serious of the sins.  Pride was the sin that caused… Continue reading The Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The leader of the synagogue had it all wrong, and he of all people should have known what was right.  God always intended the Sabbath day to be a day of rest, yes, but also of healing.  There is no way that we can rest if we are in need of healing.  The… Continue reading Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Time, Talent and Treasure

Today’s readings Mike was one of my favorite people in the world.  He owned the service station where my family had, and still has, our cars repaired and maintained ever since we first moved out to the suburbs, almost forty years ago now.  Dad used to joke that with all the cars we brought in… Continue reading The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Time, Talent and Treasure

Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr

St. Ignatius was a convert to Christianity who eventually became the bishop of Antioch. During his time in Antioch, the Emperor Trajan began persecuting the Church there and forced people to choose between death and denying the faith. Ignatius would have none of that, so he was placed in chains and brought to Rome for… Continue reading Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr

Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We just finished hearing about the challenges and ministry of Jonah this past week.  Jonah, called to preach repentance to the Ninevites, finds that he would rather not, and so attempts to get away from God.  That, of course, doesn’t work because there is no where that God is not, so he ends… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I love it when the Gospel has a curious story in it because it’s fun then to peel back the layers of the story, kind of like an onion, and get at what’s inside.  Today’s Gospel story is just like that. When our modern ears hear this parable, there are surely things that… Continue reading The Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Have you ever been sure of the Lord’s call in your life and it just terrified you?  I have.  And for those of us who have been in this position, we can perhaps understand Jonah’s reaction in today’s first reading.  He had been called by the Lord to preach to the people in… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time: Respect Life Sunday

Today’s readings Today, I’d like to share a bit more of a sermon than a homily, reflecting more on a specific topic than on the readings themselves.  I do this because today is Respect Life Sunday, and I think it’s important to be aware of what the Church teaches on this very important issue. I… Continue reading Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time: Respect Life Sunday