Memorial Day

Today’s readings: James 3:13-18; Psalm 72; Matthew 5:38-48 I was talking to one of our parishioners today who is on a local board that, among other things, hires police officers for their municipality. He was telling me how hard it is to find qualified people willing to serve these days. I wasn’t surprised to hear… Continue reading Memorial Day

The Solemnity of Pentecost

Today’s readings No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. That line from Saint Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians at the beginning of our second reading today says more about the Holy Spirit than we might catch at first. Words contain a lot of power. We know that well, because… Continue reading The Solemnity of Pentecost

Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings One of the greatest obstacles to the Christian life is comparing ourselves to others. The Fathers of the Church all warn against that practice, and urge us to keep our eyes on our own relationship with God.  The essence of discipleship is doing what we were put here to do, we ourselves.  We… Continue reading Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

School Graduation

Graduation Cap and Diploma on White with Soft Shadow.

Readings: Proverbs 3:13-35; Psalm 145; Philippians 2:1-5; Luke 6:27-38 Tonight as we come together to celebrate the Eucharist as a class for the last time, I would imagine you are experiencing a great many emotions. You may be feeling happy, even relieved, as you come to this milestone. Many of you have been at Notre… Continue reading School Graduation

Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy of the Word represents a kind of wrap-up to the lives of St. Paul and Jesus, respectively. They both have completed the mission for which they had been sent, and both are now giving the mission back to God who would continue it as He alone saw fit. Paul’s mission had… Continue reading Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

The Ascension of Our Lord

Today’s readings When I was on my pastoral internship in seminary, my supervisor and I talked about the fact that our Liturgy is very wordy. Think about it: all of the prayers and readings and songs – it’s a lot of words to take in in an hour or less, but we do it all… Continue reading The Ascension of Our Lord

Saint Matthias, Apostle

We don’t really know much about St. Matthias.  We have no idea the qualifications  that led to his being nominated as one of two possibilities to take Judas’s position among the Twelve Apostles.  But clearly, they would have nominated a holy and faithful man, and then they left the deciding up to the Holy Spirit.… Continue reading Saint Matthias, Apostle

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings I don’t know if you were counting or not, but between the second reading and the Gospel, the word “love” was used in one form or another eighteen times. So it’s pretty easy to see where the Church is leading us in today’s Liturgy of the Word. Love is a theme that runs… Continue reading The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Just in case we thought living the Christian life of discipleship was going to be a rosy celebration of joy every single day, our Lord gives us a dose of reality today. He points out that if we find ourselves hated by the world, we have to remember that the world hated him… Continue reading Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Today’s readings In our first reading this morning, we have from the Acts of the Apostles a rather defining moment for the early Church. Jesus hadn’t given them a precise rule book of how to make the Church develop: he simply sent them out to baptize. But he also told them to make disciples of… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter