The Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time [Cycle B]

Today’s readings Have you ever been with a friend who is hurting and after listening to them, said something that helped them, but you don’t know where those words came from?  Have you ever been in a situation where everyone was doing the wrong thing, and you were able to stand up for what was… Continue reading The Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time [Cycle B]

Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today we begin a little excursion into the Wisdom Literature of the Scriptures.  The first readings this week will be from Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, two of the strongest pieces of Wisdom Literature in the Old Testament. Wisdom literature in general was intended to praise God and heroic virtue.  For the Jews, the source… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time [Cycle B]

Today’s Readings So the problem is, nobody ever becomes rich and famous by being righteous.  How many people even care about the idea of being righteous?  The world is so often full of jealousy and selfish ambition.  Indeed, we commend people who make amazing business deals (for themselves, anyway), who get ahead (regardless of the… Continue reading The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time [Cycle B]

Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This whole Gospel story can be a little bit jarring, I think.  I was particularly struck by what the messenger said to Jesus when he asked him to come to the centurion’s house: “He deserves to have you do this for him.”  Yeah, right, as if any of us is ever worthy of… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

The Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time [Cycle B]

Today’s readings One of my favorite things to do when I have spare time is to read a good mystery novel.  My mother passed her love for that genre on to me, and to my sisters.  I always used to love Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle, and I’ve read and re-read my favorites from… Continue reading The Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time [Cycle B]

Monday of the Twenty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So the readings that we have today are not meant to be of comfort to the afflicted; rather their intent is to afflict us who have been just a little to comfortable.  It seems that the Church at Corinth had enthusiastically accepted Paul’s preaching of the Gospel, but while the cat was away,… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Labor Day

Today’s readings:  Genesis 1:26-2:3; Psalm 90; Matthew 25:14-30 One of the things that I remember vividly about my childhood is how hard my parents worked.  My Dad worked more than one job at a time for several years.  And in his main job, he was with the company for well over forty years, finally retiring… Continue reading Labor Day

The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time [B]

Today’s readings Many of you know that recently I have been working on losing weight and getting healthy.  That’s been going on since January, and it’s starting to see some good results.  And the recipe, as any doctor or nutritionist will tell you, is easy: eat less and be more active.  Easier said than done,… Continue reading The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time [B]