Tuesday of Holy Week

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reading contains four of the most chilling words in all of holy Scripture: “And it was night.”  Those narrative words come just after Judas takes the morsel and leaves the gathering.  But the Beloved Disciple didn’t include those words to tell us the time of day.  In John’s Gospel, there is… Continue reading Tuesday of Holy Week

The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny III)

Today’s readings “Lord, by now there will be a stench.” That’s one of my favorite lines in scripture. It begs the question I want you to pray about this week, which is, “What in your life really stinks?” Because we have to have that stench washed away in order to really live. If you know… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny III)

The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Cycle B)

Today’s readings “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” Bill had worked for the company for twenty-seven years, and he loved his job: it was energizing, he worked with great people, he worked for great people. It was a family business, and they treated the people who worked for them… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Cycle B)

St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Foster Father of Our Lord

On today’s feast, we celebrate the faithfulness of Saint Joseph. When he became betrothed to Mary, he got more than he could ever have bargained for. It certainly would have been easy to divorce her quietly when the news of her pregnancy became known, and it certainly would have been difficult to continue the relationship… Continue reading St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Foster Father of Our Lord

Saint Patrick, Bishop

Today’s readings “The Lord of hosts is with us, our stronghold is the God of Jacob.” These words of the Psalmist are ones that guided Saint Patrick throughout his life and ministry. He was subject to so much misfortune, that it would have been easy for him to throw up his hands and not give… Continue reading Saint Patrick, Bishop

The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny II)

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy calls us to clear up our clouded vision and become people of light.  The gospel gets at that pretty quickly, healing the man born blind in the first couple of minutes of what is admittedly a pretty long reading.  And that’s a good thing because, honestly, who cares about the man… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny II)

Saturday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s readings “O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” These are perhaps the most important words of the spiritual life, uttered today by the repentant tax collector in the temple area. These words are so important, actually, that they form the basis of one of the most ancient acts of contrition that we have,… Continue reading Saturday of the Third Week of Lent

The Third Sunday of Lent: Scrutiny I

Today’s readings Note: This homily was for the Mass at which the RCIA Elect was present for the First Scrutiny, so particular readings are used for that.  All other Masses used the readings for the Third Sunday of Lent, Cycle B, including Jesus clearing the temple courtyard. What is it going to take to quench… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Lent: Scrutiny I

Monday of the Second Week of Lent

Today’s readings These readings for the weekdays of Lent are especially challenging, aren’t they? They’re supposed to be. They speak of what it means to be a disciple and take up the cross, and they speak of it with urgency. We have to be willing to have our whole world turned upside-down; to do something… Continue reading Monday of the Second Week of Lent

The Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings What would you give up for love? Today’s first reading puts poor Abraham in an awful position. Remember, he and Sarah were childless well into their old age. And it is only upon entering into relationship with God that that changes. God gives them a son, along with a promise, that he would… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Lent