Thursday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

The question that Saint Paul asks at the beginning of today’s first reading is one that we’ve all heard countless times: “If God is for us, who can be against us?”  We might even be tempted to pass by that question and move on to something else in today’s Liturgy of the Word, but I… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Fall is one of those times when we really notice creation.  Leaves are changing, the air is getting cooler, the hours of sunlight are rapidly diminishing.  It makes us grateful for the bits of life that we still see, because we know that the winter is coming and we will be groaning in eager anticipation… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Today, we celebrate two apostles who, as often is the case, are relatively unknown except that they were followers of Jesus.  Jude is called Judas in Luke and in the Acts of the Apostles.  Matthew and Mark call him Thaddeus.  We have in the New Testament the letter of Jude, which scholars say is not… Continue reading Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Sin is exhausting.  Anyone who has struggled with sin, or a pattern of sin, in his or her life can tell you that.  Those who have been dragged down by any kind of addiction or who have tried to work on a character flaw or striven to expel any kind of vice from… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Responsorial Psalm, Psalm 1, has always been one of my very favorite psalms.  One interpretation of this Psalm is to look at it as a blueprint for blessedness. In Biblical terms, of course, blessedness equals happiness.  So the person who doesn’t follow the counsel of the wicked or walk with sinners but… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings There are two things: the promise, and the response. The promise has echoed down through the ages.  God called Abraham and promised descendants as numerous as the sands on the sea shore or the stars in the sky.  Through Moses, God made known his intent to bring his people out of slavery and… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Ss. Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf and Companions, Martyrs

St. Isaac and St. John were among eight missionaries who worked among the Huron and Iroquois Indians in the New World in the seventeenth century. They were devoted to their work and were accomplishing many conversions. The conversions, though, were not welcomed by the tribes, and eventually St. Isaac was captured and imprisoned by the… Continue reading Ss. Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf and Companions, Martyrs

Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

St. Ignatius was a convert to Christianity who eventually became the bishop of Antioch.  During his time in Antioch, the Emperor Trajan began persecuting the Church there and forced people to choose between death and denying the faith.  Ignatius would have none of that, so he was placed in chains and brought to Rome for… Continue reading Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week of Ordinary Time

During the summer before my final year of seminary, I worked as a hospital chaplain.  It ended up being a pretty rough summer for me and the other men and women in the student chaplain group: we had a record number of deaths and tragic accidents to deal with, and it was, as you might… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I want to begin my homily by reminding you of the words we heard in our first reading from Nehemiah: He read out of the book from daybreak till midday, in the presence of the men, the women, and those children old enough to understand; and all the people listened attentively to the… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-sixth Week of Ordinary Time