Monday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings These parables that we have today regarding the nature of the Kingdom of God are head-scratchers for sure!  I am sure we can all understand how the people were confused by Jesus’ description of the Kingdom, since it even seems foreign to our ears.  One might wish that he would just say: “Okay,… Continue reading Monday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Today’s readings Bishop Kaffer, of happy memory, used to say that every celebration of the Eucharist was a greater creative act than the creation of the universe.  Now I think greater theological minds than mine would likely debate that, but what Bishop Kaffer gets at is worth considering.  The Eucharist is an incredible miracle, and… Continue reading Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B

The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [B]

Today’s readings Today I want to reflect on what I consider to be one of the most important principles of the spiritual life.  That principle is completely summed up in one short sentence: “It’s not about me.” Over the last couple of weeks, we have been able to take a look at the various people… Continue reading The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [B]

Monday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I love the words of the Psalmist today: “The Lord is gracious and merciful.” These are words that are easy for us to pray when things are going well, but maybe not so much when we’re going through rough times.  At first glance today, it seems like the psalmist is going through some… Continue reading Monday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The story goes that one day, Saint Teresa of Avila was wheeling a cart across a bridge over the river. At one point along the bridge’s passage, a wheel of the cart got stuck in the planks, and Teresa had to wrestle the cart to get going again. In the struggle, the cart… Continue reading The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The immediacy of discipleship is of paramount importance.  The call of our baptism is more urgent than anything else in our lives.  Or, at least, that’s how it should be.  Just like anything else in life that requires something from us, discipleship can take a back seat to other things that come along. … Continue reading Monday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I spent a good bit of time visiting people I know in the hospital this week.  My godmother had some serious surgery, which she came through quite well, praise God, but it looks like she will be recovering in the hospital a bit longer than she would like.  I also visited with one… Continue reading The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time