Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Every now and then, in the Liturgy of the Word, we hear words that have directly influenced our prayers in the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  Today is such an occasion.  Just before we receive Holy Communion, I will elevate the host and the chalice and say: “Behold the Lamb of God, behold him… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.” The Psalmist, as he often does, helps us to express what’s in our hearts in these closing days of the Church year.  All of our spiritual journeying through the year has been, or at least it should have been, with the goal… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the great feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King of the Universe.  It’s one of those feasts that I think we can say, yeah, okay, I believe that.  But it really doesn’t affect me.  I mean, we don’t even have the political reference of being ruled by a king… Continue reading Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

Readings: 1 Kings 8:55-61; Ephesians 1:3-14; Luke 17:11-19 Earlier this week, my sister emailed me pictures of a storybook that my niece, Molly, wrote for a second grade school project.  It was a story about an unnamed boy and girl – who were certainly the author and her older brother Danny!  The boy and the… Continue reading Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

Friday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We sure have some scary readings today, don’t we?  They’re talking about floods, and fire and brimstone raining from the sky, and someone taken and another left behind.  That’s pretty scary stuff when you stop to think about it.  But I want you to remember this: we don’t ever have to be afraid,… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One of the things that has helped me in my spiritual life is the knowledge that “we’re not home yet.”  We can list all kinds of things, I’m sure, that remind us that this life in this world is not perfect.  But our hope is that we have the kingdom of God to… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Josaphat, bishop and martyr

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the memorial of Saint Josaphat, who was born in what is now Poland to Orthodox parents.  He later became a Basilian monk, and was chosen bishop of Vitebsk, in what is now Russia.  His task was to bridge the divide between the Roman and Orthodox Church, but this was not… Continue reading Saint Josaphat, bishop and martyr

Thursday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It’s all a matter of perspective – that’s true in most things, but most especially true in our relationship with God.  Today’s Gospel gives us a glimpse at that.  Jesus asks, “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.” I believe that one of the goals of all our lives is to find true peace.  And unfortunately, we spend time looking for that peace in too many of the wrong places.  We might think we can find peace in wealth, or status, or… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time