Friday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It’s been interesting to me this week about how the letter of James has served to underscore Jesus’ teachings from the Gospel of Mark.  On weekends, the first reading and Gospel are selected to go together, but during the week that’s not always the case.  But this week, James and Mark have been… Continue reading Friday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Scriptures extol the virtue of poverty of spirit, which is perhaps one of the more difficult virtues to embrace and nurture.  Saint James illustrates how things of this world, specifically the pursuit of riches, can be not only a powerful distraction from the spiritual life, but can also leave one complicit in… Continue reading Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings There’s been a lot of arguing in the Gospels these last couple of days.  Yesterday, the disciples were arguing with the scribes when both groups found they were incapable of casting a demon out of a person who was ill.  Today, we have the disciples arguing among themselves because they find they don’t… Continue reading Tuesday 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

Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time/Diocesan Appeal Announcement

Today’s readings Our readings today pick up the sermon that Jesus was giving in last week’s gospel.  Last week, he used the formula: “You have heard that it was said…  But I say to you…” to raise the bar on living the fifth, sixth and eighth commandments.  Merely refraining from actual murder no longer means… Continue reading Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time/Diocesan Appeal Announcement

The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle

Today we celebrate the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the apostle.  This is a feast that commemorates Jesus giving the servant authority of the Church to Saint Peter, as we heard in today’s Gospel.  This is a special day of prayer for the Pope, the successor of Saint Peter among us. It’s important… Continue reading The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle

Monday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings St. James today encourages us to consider it all joy when we experience trial.  I don’t know about you, but that’s not the emotion I usually find in frustrating or fearful circumstances.  And considering that the people to whom James was writing were probably being persecuted, they probably weren’t overjoyed at their trials… Continue reading Monday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Saints Cyril and Methodius

You might have been expecting to celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day today, but we don’t actually have that feast on the modern Liturgical calendar.  Instead today we have the feast of two brothers: Saints Cyril and Methodius.  They lived in the ninth century in an area of Greece inhabited by many Slavs, and eventually they became… Continue reading Saints Cyril and Methodius

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The women in today’s Liturgy of the Word give us contrasting views of the spiritual life.  In our first reading, the women give us the example of what not to do.  Solomon, known for his wisdom and dedication to God by building the temple, is soon seduced by the foreign women he had… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Our Lady of Lourdes / World Day of the Sick

Bernadette Soubirous was a sickly young woman.  But on February 11, 1858, her entire life changed when a beautiful lady, clothed in white, with a rosary over her arm and a yellow rose on each foot, appeared to her and said, “I am the Immaculate Conception.”  In the years since, the site of those wonderful… Continue reading Our Lady of Lourdes / World Day of the Sick