The Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Sometimes it’s hard to accept that something is in our best interest when we first hear of it.  I can remember often growing up not wanting to do something like go on a retreat or join the youth group, but my parents giving me that gentle nudge to do it anyway.  And then… Continue reading The Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You know, I think Herod was asking the right question.  Sure, he was asking it for all the wrong reasons, but still, it is the right question.  And that question is, “Who is Jesus?” What Herod was hearing about Jesus is pretty much what the disciples told Jesus when Jesus asked, “Who do… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I love the little line in the gospel reading that says, “Take care, then, how you hear.” It almost seems like a throw-away line, but really, I believe, it’s an essential instruction from Jesus. We disciples are to take care how we hear. Not what we hear, although that’s probably part of it,… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I wonder if you find this Gospel parable a little aggravating. I know I do. Certainly the people hearing it in Jesus’ day would have been aggravated too. They knew the economics of day laboring better than we do (although day laborers are by no means extinct in the twenty-first century). The very… Continue reading The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today we get a bit of a glimpse as to how Jesus’ day-to-day ministry worked.  We can see three things in particular that characterize how things happened.  First, he journeyed to proclaim the Good News.  He met people where they were, and even sought them out.  This shows us God’s relentless pursuit of… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Simon the Pharisee had committed a grave error in hospitality, and a serious error in judgment. In those days, when a guest came to your home, you made sure to provide water for him or her to wash their feet, because the journey on foot was often long and hot and dirty, and… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Saints Cornelius and Cyprian, bishops and martyrs

Today’s readings Saint Cornelius was ordained as the Bishop of Rome in 251. His major contribution was to defend the faith against the Novatian schismatics, a group who denied the readmission into the Church of those who had lapsed in the faith when they performed a ritual sacrifice to pagan gods, under the threat of… Continue reading Saints Cornelius and Cyprian, bishops and martyrs

Our Lady of Sorrows

The more years I live, the more I find myself relating to Mary.  I know that she experienced all of the joys and sorrows we do: frustration, fear, love, worry, and especially what we celebrate today, sorrow.  She was the one who rejoiced at the birth of her son and took pride in what he… Continue reading Our Lady of Sorrows

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Today’s readings In a lot of ways, this is a strange feast we are celebrating today. Think about it. This is the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which in Jesus’ day would have been as big an oxymoron as one could possibly imagine. It’s like us saying that we are going to celebrate the exaltation… Continue reading The Exaltation of the Holy Cross