Saturday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The Gospel readings these past few days have warned of rather dire consequences for those who don’t live the Gospel message.  This section of Matthew’s Gospel spells out the urgency of the call to discipleship and the nearness of the Kingdom of God.  Yesterday, the foolish virgins were left out of the kingdom,… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s readings What we are celebrating in today’s feast is the fact that prison bars cannot silence truth. John the Baptist was not asked to renounce his faith; indeed Herod was probably very interested in John’s faith and may have even asked him about it on occasion. Not that he wanted to convert, mind you,… Continue reading The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

Monday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s gospel has Jesus taking the Scribes and Pharisees to task for forgetting what is really holy and treating things as sacred while ignoring God who is holiness itself.  Apparently, they thought that swearing an oath by the gold of the temple was more binding than an oath simply sworn on the temple… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On this, the octave day of the Assumption of Mary, we celebrate another great Marian feast, that of the Queenship of Mary.  Today we celebrate the fifth glorious mystery of the rosary: Mary is crowned Queen of heaven and earth.  The Queenship of Mary has been celebrated ever since Pope Pius XII instituted this celebration… Continue reading The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So the question today is, what is it that holds us back?  The rich young man seemed to have it all together: he acknowledged Jesus as the good teacher, so he must have been familiar with what Jesus said and did.  He says he kept all the commandments, so he certainly had a… Continue reading Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”  My family has had a plaque with that very verse on it for as long as I can remember.  This has always been one of my favorite quotes from Scripture.  But it certainly is a hard thing to say, and Joshua makes… Continue reading Saturday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings The tradition of the Assumption of Mary dates back to the very earliest days of the Church, all the way back to the days of the apostles.  The Council of Chalcedon in 451 tells us that, after Mary’s death, the apostles opened the tomb, finding it empty, and concluded that she had been… Continue reading The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The fathers of the Church teach us to “love what Jesus loved when he was on the cross, and despise what Jesus despised when he was on the cross.”  We get that same kind of message from Moses today in the first reading.  He tells the Israelites that their God loves the widow,… Continue reading Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

Today’s readings St. Lawrence was a deacon of the early Church, who was charged with the care of the goods of the Church.  Legend has it that he was called in by the Prefect of Rome, who had just killed Pope Sixtus, whose feast day we celebrated last week.  The Prefect told Lawrence that he… Continue reading Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

Saint Dominic, priest

On a journey through France with his bishop, St. Dominic came across the Albigensian heresy.  The Albigensians believed in just good and evil – there was no middle ground.  For them, anything material was evil, which meant that they denied the Incarnation and the sacraments.  On the same principle they abstained from procreation and took… Continue reading Saint Dominic, priest