Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I think we get a more vivid picture of today’s Gospel if we’ve ever had the task of weeding a good-sized garden. I’ve done it plenty of times.  It’s not a task I really look forward to, but it is kind of good in that when you finish a job like that, you… Continue reading Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

These parables that we have today regarding the nature of the Kingdom of God are head-scratchers for sure! I am sure we can all understand how the people were confused by Jesus’ description of the Kingdom, since it even seems foreign to our ears. One might wish that he would just say: “Okay, look, here’s… Continue reading Monday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It’s easy to have faith when our enemies aren’t pursuing us, isn’t it? When things are going well, we can be people of faith with the best of them. But it does take a certain amount of sainthood to have faith in the face of opposition of whatever kind you can imagine. For… Continue reading Monday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I think a lot of us can identify with what’s going on in today’s Gospel reading. Jesus and the Twelve had been working hard: they had just been out on mission, proclaiming the Gospel and the Kingdom of God, and healing the sick. They were busy, they were tired, but they were excited.… Continue reading The Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time: Merciful Like the Father

Today’s readings Today, Jesus gives us what might be considered to be his mission statement: “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” Or at least we might consider this to be his statement of what he wants from us, his people. Because we, like the Pharisees, might be tempted to make all sorts of sacrifices. And that’s… Continue reading Friday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time: Merciful Like the Father

Friday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Our God never promises that the life of faith and discipleship will be an easy one; only that it will be blessed. One thing is certain: that life will certainly entail hardship, even suffering. That’s pretty evident in today’s Gospel reading. Faithful disciples have to worry about being betrayed by even their closest… Continue reading Friday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 

Today’s readings In today’s readings, God proves himself trustworthy, yet again. He appears to Jacob in a dream and promises that he will be with him wherever he goes, protecting him, and bringing him back to the land, which he would also give to Jacob’s descendants. In his joy, Jacob reacts by consecrating the land… Continue reading Monday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 

The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You know, I am not sure how some people get through the hard times of their lives if they don’t have faith. We can all probably think of a time in our lives when we were sorely tested, when our lives were turned upside-down, and, looking back, we can’t figure out how we… Continue reading The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saint Thomas, Apostle

“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Saint Thomas sometimes gets a bad rap for having said that, but if we’re honest, I think most of us can understand Thomas’s hesitation to believe,… Continue reading Saint Thomas, Apostle