Saint Andrew, Apostle

There are two presentations of Andrew’s discipleship in Scripture.  In the Gospel story we have today, Andrew is called at the same time as his brother Peter.  They are both fishermen, and are casting their nets into the sea.  Jesus, of course, has plans for them to cast nets for bigger fish, for souls for… Continue reading Saint Andrew, Apostle

Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Jesus says to us today, “this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.”  This includes all of us, past, present and future.  We will all live, in some way, to see the end of days, either here on earth, or from the joy of heaven. So what will… Continue reading Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Very often, when we hear this story about the widow’s mite, the story is equated with the call to stewardship.  That’s a rather classic explanation of the text.  And there’s nothing wrong with that explanation.  But honestly, I don’t think the story about the widow’s mite is about stewardship at all.  Yes, it’s… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Today’s readings I wonder if this solemnity of Christ the King is one to which many people can relate these days.  In our day, many people don’t recognize or accept any authority outside of their own personal opinion of what is okay, let alone grasp the concept of a monarchical, top-down method of government. And… Continue reading Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

Today’s readings [Mass for the school children.] How many of you are musicians: do you play an instrument, or do you sing?  Well, today is your feast day, because today we celebrate Saint Cecilia, a virgin and martyr who is the patron saint of musicians.  Because she is a martyr, we also remember those people… Continue reading Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s Gospel can be a confusing one, perhaps even a little difficult to hear.  It’s very disconcerting to see Jesus as being callous to his mother and not receiving her when she came to visit.  But our gut – or rather our faith – tells us that Jesus and Mary had a relationship that transcended… Continue reading The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Monday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Right at the end of today’s first reading is one of the most chilling lines in all of Scripture: “and they did die.”  The people’s faith was sorely tested: would they give in and worship the false gods of the people around them so that they could have some kind of peace and… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Can you imagine how we would feel if we came to Mass one day and found this beautiful Church demolished and in ruins?  I think we’d all be devastated and feel hurt, abandoned, and lost in some ways.  And that’s just exactly how the original readers of Luke’s Gospel felt.  The glorious Temple… Continue reading Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You know, this Gospel reading is filled with all sorts of off-putting comments, isn’t it?  I don’t know about you, but I bristle at the thought of comparing God to a dishonest judge!  But that’s not the point here.  Of course, Jesus means that God is so much greater than the dishonest judge,… Continue reading Saturday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Let’s be honest; we want it to be easy, this spiritual life, this journey to the kingdom.  We look longingly for signs that we’re headed the right way; we want more than anything to know we’ll end up in the right place.  And so we pay attention, sometimes, when people say, “Look, there… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time