The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today’s readings I remember when I was growing up, often visiting my dear grandmother.  I remember when we visited that she had a beautiful framed picture in the living room, given a spot of honor where everyone could see it, and that picture was of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Whenever I think of the… Continue reading The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Some people say all you need to do is make a one-time decision to accept Jesus as your personal Savior and you’re saved.   If salvation were something magical that came about as the result of just saying a simple prayer, once and for all, then why wouldn’t everyone pursue a relationship with Christ? … Continue reading Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s readings Today’s readings have a lot to do with who the prophet is. St. John the Baptist was the last prophet of the old order, and his mission was to herald the coming of Jesus Christ who is himself the new order.  Tradition holds that prophets were created for their mission, that their purpose… Continue reading The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Today’s readings If you’ve ever travelled abroad, to a country where English is not the spoken language, maybe you’ve had this experience.  I travelled to Mexico when I was in seminary to learn Spanish.  The first day I was there, we went to Mass at the local Cathedral.  Even though at that point my Spanish… Continue reading The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Tuesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel is one that’s certainly very familiar to us.  But if we’re honest, every time we hear it, it must give us a little bit of uneasiness, right?  Because, yes, it is very easy to love those who love us, to do good to those who do good to us, to greet… Continue reading Tuesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s first reading, like the first readings we’ve had last week during daily Mass, kind of makes you cringe.  But these readings are here for a purpose, and the Church wants us to read them for a reason.  The story we have been getting is one of salvation rejected by the ones who… Continue reading Monday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Sometimes the Gospel just makes good common sense.  Today, the Gospel expands on the Golden Rule, something we should all have learned when we were very little.  As my grandmother used to say, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.  But actually what Jesus is telling us today goes… Continue reading Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr

Today’s readings St. Boniface was sent by Pope Gregory II to reform the Church in Germany, which had been heavily negatively influenced by the forces of paganism. He sought to restore the fidelity of the German clergy to their bishops, in union with Rome. He also sought to build up houses of prayer throughout the… Continue reading Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr

The Ascension of the Lord

Today’s readings Have you ever been at a loss for words?  Have you been in a situation that was so astounding that you were just … speechless?  Hopefully it was for something astoundingly wonderful, as for the apostles as their Lord ascended to heaven.  Can you imagine what was going through the disciples’ minds as… Continue reading The Ascension of the Lord