Thursday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One of the voices that can never be silenced in us is the voice that cries out seeking to see.  We spend our whole lives crying out as Bartimaeus in today’s Gospel: “Master, I want to see.”  And just as the crowd and even the disciples could not silence his desires, so nothing… Continue reading Thursday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Memorial Day

Today’s readings: Isaiah 32:15-18, Philippians 4:6-9, Matthew 5:1-12a Memorial Day originally began in our country as an occasion to remember and decorate the graves of the soldiers who died in the Civil War.  Later it became a holiday to commemorate all those who had died in war in the service of our country.  Today is,… Continue reading Memorial Day

The Most Holy Trinity

Today’s readings Talking about the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is perhaps the most daunting tasks for a preacher, but also one of the greatest privileges.  Here is one of the great mysteries of our faith, one that cries out for explanation, one that has kept the best minds of our religion occupied throughout… Continue reading The Most Holy Trinity

Saturday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s reading from the book of Sirach lays down the basis of all biblical wisdom literature.  The basic premise is that we have been created good by God, who gave humanity everything necessary for survival, created and shared the wisdom to know and love God, and opened up the nations for their inheritance. … Continue reading Saturday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

School Graduation

Today’s readings: Acts 4:32-35 / 1 John 3:18-24 / John 15:1-8 As we gather tonight for your graduation, I can imagine that you are feeling all sorts of things.  You’re probably excited, knowing what you’ve accomplished and looking forward to what lies ahead.  You may be relieved, having come through good times and bad, perhaps… Continue reading School Graduation

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This morning’s readings give us a sense, I think, of the urgency of repentance and the real need for discipleship.  The first reading from the book of Sirach reminds us that God’s patience should not be mistaken for apathy.  Just because God does not strike us down on the spot for a transgression… Continue reading Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So the disciples are waiting for Jesus to come down the mountain after the Transfiguration.  They have attempted to cure a man’s son from the hold of a demon, but they were apparently unable to do so.  This seems to have led to an argument between them and the scribes.  You can almost… Continue reading Monday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings One of the greatest obstacles to the Christian life is comparing ourselves to others. Because, and I’ll just say it, discipleship isn’t meant to be fair.  At least not as we see fairness.  The essence of discipleship is doing what we were put here to do, we ourselves.  We discern that vocation by… Continue reading Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings Sometimes when God speaks to us, it doesn’t immediately seem like such good news.  We may well have had a call or even a gentle moving from the Lord, and are afraid to act on it.  Today’s Scriptures speak to those of us who are sometimes hesitant to do what the Lord is… Continue reading Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings In these days after the Ascension, the Liturgy calls us to turn and find our hope and security in God.  Certainly this was difficult for the early disciples, who tested Jesus to see if he was who he said he was.  They were satisfied with what they found, and said they believed in… Continue reading Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter