Monday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Pride is, perhaps, the most insidious of the sins with which we have to deal.  And I say “we” because yes, we all have to deal with it at some level at some point in our lives.  Pride keeps us from seeing that we’re headed down the wrong path.  Pride also keeps us… Continue reading Monday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s readings Today we celebrate a feast that is a bit unusual for us.  First of all, it’s a saint’s feast day, and saints’ days don’t usually take precedence over a Sunday celebration.  Secondly, whenever we do celebrate a saint’s day, it is usually celebrated on the feast of their death, not their birth.  But… Continue reading Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Saint Barnabas, Apostle

Today’s readings “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” Barnabas, a Jew of Cyprus, comes as close as anyone outside the Twelve to being a full-fledged apostle.  He was closely associated with St. Paul (he introduced Paul to Peter and the other apostles) and served as a kind… Continue reading Saint Barnabas, Apostle

Monday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings A man planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenant farmers and left on a journey. Today’s Gospel reading is one of those parables that we hear often, but I think we can be puzzled by it and so… Continue reading Monday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Today’s readings I don’t see many movies, but one that I saw recently and liked very much was “The Avengers.”  One of my favorite theological moments in this film is when the Black Widow character is describing Thor and his dark-side brother Loki to Captain America and she says, “They’re like gods.”  Captain America won’t… Continue reading The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity