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 [B]

Today’s readings To you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame. Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you be put to shame. Those are the very first words in our new Roman Missal’s Proper of… Continue reading The First Sunday of Advent [B]

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

Thanksgiving

Today’s readings: Isaiah 63:7-9 – Psalm 145 – Colossians 3:12-17 – John 16:20-22 I think, over the past year, that God has been teaching me to be grateful.  Not that I wasn’t a grateful person before, but maybe more that I am re-learning how to be grateful.  As a pastor, there are whole new sets… Continue reading Thanksgiving

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This particular Gospel reading is sometimes difficult to hear, because I think it’s out of context enough that we could get the wrong idea about the relationship between Jesus and Mary.  It almost seems as if Jesus doesn’t care about his mother, and his brothers – whoever they were – that’s a can of worms… Continue reading The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Monday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Right at the end of today’s first reading is one of the most chilling lines in all of Scripture: “and they did die.”  The people’s faith was sorely tested: would they give in and worship the false gods of the people around them so that they could have some kind of peace and… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

The Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

Today’s readings The rather obvious and certainly oft-repeated application of today’s Gospel reading lies in the very literal interpretation of the word “talent,” at least as it appears in English.  That interpretation goes like this: we have been given many talents, and it’s up to us to use them wisely for the benefit of the… Continue reading The Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time [A]

Saint Martin of Tours/Veterans Day

Today we have the opportunity to celebrate some heroes.  One hero is today’s saint, Saint Martin of Tours, who was actually a veteran and a fierce defender of our faith.  The other heroes are our nation’s veterans, who have fought in wars to protect us and to protect our freedoms. St. Martin of Tours is… Continue reading Saint Martin of Tours/Veterans Day

Monday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Increase our faith,” indeed! How often have you had that same reaction to the marvels of God happening in your life? I think about the many times I have had the Spirit point out something I should have seen all along because it was right there in front of my face. Increase my… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

The Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time: The New Roman Missal

Yesterday morning on the news, I saw a brief story about the changes to the Mass that are coming up later this month.  It was a pretty neutral piece and just made people aware that a new translation of the Roman Missal will be used beginning on the first Sunday of Advent, November 27th.  Of… Continue reading The Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time: The New Roman Missal