Friday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings Today’s readings remind us that Lent is no time for “business as usual.” It’s not enough for us to merely claim to be righteous, because righteousness, literally a right relationship, means that righteous actions must back our lofty words. And so today we are called to a righteousness that surpasses the scribes and… Continue reading Friday of the First Week of Lent

Friday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings The prophets of the Old Testament were always pretty clear about the fact that God was sick and tired of people trying to claim righteousness but not really being righteous. The idea of keeping the letter but not the spirit of the Law, of fasting and praying with the express idea of getting… Continue reading Friday after Ash Wednesday

Thursday After Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim because it… Continue reading Thursday After Ash Wednesday

Monday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We’re still in the opening chapters of human history in our first reading, and in these opening chapters we see some of the less beautiful parts of human nature. The first reading reads like an exposition of deadly sins, and these sins have continued to plague humanity ever since. We start with envy,… Continue reading Monday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Blessed are those who fear the Lord,” the Psalmist tells us today.  And today as our example of those who fear the Lord, we have two women.  And we begin with the creation of the first woman.  God has created all the creatures of the earth: land, water and air, yet none of… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Our Lady of Lourdes

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

Saint Scholastica, Virgin

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the memorial of Saint Scholastica, who is known as the sister of Saint Benedict. Some traditions speak of them as twins. Pope Saint Gregory the Great tells us that Benedict ruled over both monks and nuns, and it seems as if Saint Scholastica was the prioress of the nuns. So… Continue reading Saint Scholastica, Virgin

Monday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings speak to us about the wonderful, spiritual quality of goodness.  We have the creation story, or at least the beginning of it, in which God is not only creating the world and everything in it, but also creating it in goodness.  And I think that we can relate to that in… Continue reading Monday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I don’t know about you, but I’ve always had sort of a bad feeling when I heard this Gospel reading. I mean, here Simon’s mother-in-law is sick with fever, and the minute she’s cured, they have her up waiting on them. But I love it when a piece of Scripture irritates me, because… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Presentation of the Lord

Today’s readings Back in the time that Jesus lived, it was a law that every first-born male in a family was presented to God, given to God to do God’s will. They would come on the fortieth day of the child’s life and present the child, along with a sacrificial offering and they would receive… Continue reading The Presentation of the Lord