The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings What are you looking for? That’s the question Jesus asks us today, and it’s a good one. For the disciples who were checking him out, I think it took them aback somewhat. They weren’t expecting that and they honestly didn’t have a ready answer. So instead they do what Jesus usually does and… Continue reading The Second Sunday 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

Monday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

It seems like just yesterday that John the Baptist was baptizing Jesus in the Jordan River. Oh wait, it was just yesterday! But today’s reading fast forwards a bit and takes us to a time after John has been arrested. John isn’t dead yet, not yet out of the picture, but clearly he is decreasing,… Continue reading Monday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Today’s readings Sadly, today is the last day of the Christmas Season. The rest of society may have tossed out the Christmas trees, and taken down the festive decorations, but not us. What a wonderful gift we have as Catholics to celebrate the birth of our Lord for an extended period of time! Last Sunday… Continue reading The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Saint John Neumann

St. John Neumann is one of the first great American saints, the first American archbishop to be beatified. He is not to be confused with John Henry Cardinal Newman, of state university “Newman Center” fame. John Neumann was born in what is now the Czech Republic. After studying in Prague, he came to New York… Continue reading Saint John Neumann

The Epiphany of the Lord

Today’s readings “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?” This was the question those magi asked after their long and harrowing journey. They had observed the star at its rising and were proceeding to pay tribute to the newborn king. They brought with them gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. We know the story… Continue reading The Epiphany of the Lord

The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Today’s readings Today, on the octave day of Christmas, which we still celebrate as Christmas Day, we are blessed to remember the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God. We do this because we all know that Mary’s faith made possible our own lives of faith and even more wonderfully made possible the salvation… Continue reading The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God