The Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This month we’ve been seeing a lot of one of my favorite characters in the Gospel, and that is Saint Peter.  Just three weeks ago, the Apostles were out in a boat, and Jesus came to them on the water.  Saint Peter asked our Lord to command him to come to him on… Continue reading The Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s gospel has Jesus taking the Scribes and Pharisees to task for forgetting what is really holy, and treating things as sacred while ignoring God who is holiness itself.  Apparently, they thought that swearing an oath by the gold of the temple was more binding than an oath simply sworn on the temple… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Pius X, Pope

Today’s readings St. Pius would have been a great organizer of the feast that our Gospel tells us about today. The whole point of the feast is that all are welcome, but some choose not to come, or don’t come worthily. Jesus was speaking pointedly to the Jewish rulers who should have had the place… Continue reading Saint Pius X, Pope

Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings A friend of mine told me that a wise old nun once taught him, “Work like everything depends on you, but pray like everything depends on God.”  It’s good advice, because everything, of course, does depend on God, but God expects us to work in cooperation with him, so that his will be… Continue reading Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Return and live!” This is very good advice from the prophet Ezekiel.  He was preaching to a nation that was steeped in sin, and whose sinfulness was passed on from previous generations.  But unlike the punishments of old, where God punished those who sinned for many generations, Ezekiel proclaimed that God was going… Continue reading Saturday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings Today we gather to celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary body and soul into heaven, to reign with her Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  We believe that our Lord did not want any taint of death to corrupt his Blessed Mother, who was conceived without sin.  What is important for us… Continue reading The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

Today’s readings Maximilian Kolbe became a Franciscan novice at the age of 16. Earlier in life he had a vision of the Blessed Virgin offering him two crowns, a white one of purity, and a red one of martyrdom. Maximilian said “I choose both.” The Blessed Virgin smiled and departed from him. Maximilian devoted his… Continue reading Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

Saint Clare, Virgin

Today’s readings Today we celebrate Saint Clare, who, having refused to marry at 15, was moved by the dynamic preaching of Saint Francis.  He became her lifelong friend and spiritual guide. So at age 18, she escaped one night from her father’s home, in order to flee the pressure to marry, and was met on… Continue reading Saint Clare, Virgin

The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Saint Paul asks a very important question in his letter to the Romans: “What will separate us from the love of Christ?”  Then he lists a number of rhetorical examples of what one might think would do that: anguish, distress, persecution, famine, the sword and many others.  Lest we let that little list… Continue reading The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It’s dangerous to be a prophet.  It’s dangerous because nobody wants to really hear the truth.  Both Jeremiah and Saint John the Baptist find that out very clearly in today’s Scripture readings.  Both of them insisted on proclaiming the truth, and both of them ultimately paid for it with their lives, although Jeremiah… Continue reading Saturday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time