Thursday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings There’s a little line in the Gospel reading that could pass us right by, or at least puzzle us to the extent that we forget it and move on.  But I don’t think we should.  That line is: “Take care what you hear.”  It closely follows Jesus’ other hearing-related line: “Everyone who has… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Today, we celebrate the feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, one of the pre-eminent theologians of our Church.   At the age of five years old, Thomas was promised to the famous Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino.  His parents were hoping that one day he would become the abbot of that community, which was a very prestigious… Continue reading Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Monday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This is a tough text from the Gospel today.  Jesus says that “whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness…”  This seems to be an incongruous statement from Jesus, who came to be all about forgiveness.  That he would withhold it from any sinner is shocking, I think. But we have… Continue reading Monday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

Today’s readings If we think that we are the ones who get to determine the direction of our lives, we are dead wrong. Look at Saul: educated in all the finest Jewish schools, well-versed in the Law and the Prophets, and zealous for the faith to a fault.  He was absolutely the model Jewish man… Continue reading Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Saint Francis de Sales was born in the Savoy region of France-Italy in 1567.  His priesthood had him work diligently for the restoration of Catholicism in his homeland, reclaiming it from the clutches of the protestant reformation.  He became bishop of Geneva, and was known for his writings, work and example.  He says that it… Continue reading Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Thursday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today we hear about the amazing power of spiritual friendship, through the lens of the relationship of Jonathan and David.  If it were not for Jonathan, Saul would have murdered David not just in the story we heard today, but many times.  The Lord’s rejection of Saul was driving him to madness, and,… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One of the great problems that many people have with living the spiritual life is that they want it on their own terms.  So often, we think we know what God wants, or even worse, we want God to want what we want.  And so we act according to our own desires instead… Continue reading Monday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In today’s Gospel, we have the continued Epiphany of Jesus manifested as one who identifies with sinners.  That is not, of course, to say that he was a sinner; quite the contrary, because we know that Jesus was like us in all things but sin.  But today we see that he is certainly… Continue reading Saturday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today, Jesus manifests himself not just as one who came to do flashy deeds and heal the sick, but as one who does will that we would be made clean.  When Jesus performs a miracle, there’s always something deeper he’s getting at, always something more profound that he intends to reveal.  The healing… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It is always interesting to me how clearly the unclean spirits know who Jesus is.  For them, Christ our God inspires fear and rebellion.  But even these unclean spirits, hearing his voice, begrudgingly obey.  Jesus teaches with authority, as the people standing by admit of him.  This is a teaching that cannot be… Continue reading Tuesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time