All Saints Eve: Would Jesus Trick-or-Treat?

Today’s readings Since we’re gathered here on Halloween, All Hallows Eve, I thought I might get your attention by doing a little homily I like to call “Would Jesus Go Trick-or-Treating?” It’s an important topic, because I think a lot of parents wrestle with the message of Halloween and whether or not they should support… Continue reading All Saints Eve: Would Jesus Trick-or-Treat?

Thursday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The question that Saint Paul asks at the beginning of today’s first reading is one that we’ve all heard countless times: “If God is for us, who can be against us?”  We might even be tempted to pass by that question and move on to something else in today’s Liturgy of the Word,… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Today, we celebrate two apostles who, as often is the case, are relatively unknown except that they were followers of Jesus.  Jude is called Judas in Luke and in the Acts of the Apostles.  Matthew and Mark call him Thaddeus.  We have in the New Testament the letter of Jude, which scholars say is not… Continue reading Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You probably know me well enough that you know I’m going to say that the Gospel story that we have today isn’t about the healing of the blind man. And you’re right; I’m not. But you might be expecting me to say that the story is really about some more pervasive blindness that… Continue reading The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Pope Saint John Paul II

Today’s readings Today, we celebrate the feast of Pope Saint John Paul II, who was born in 1920 in Wadowice, Poland.  After his ordination to the priesthood and theological studies in Rome, he returned to his homeland and resumed various pastoral and academic tasks.  He was ordained an auxiliary bishop and, in 1964, became Archbishop… Continue reading Pope Saint John Paul II

Ss. Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf and Companions, Martyrs

St. Isaac and St. John were among eight missionaries who worked among the Huron and Iroquois Indians in the New World in the seventeenth century. They were devoted to their work and were accomplishing many conversions. The conversions, though, were not welcomed by the tribes, and eventually St. Isaac was captured and imprisoned by the… Continue reading Ss. Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf and Companions, Martyrs

The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Stewardship

Today’s readings At the heart of today’s Gospel reading is the question of whether or not we as disciples of Jesus are willing to go where he’s leading us. Much could be said about the posturing of James and John to get the good seats in the kingdom. But honestly, they didn’t even know what they was… Continue reading The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Stewardship

Saint Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa was a virgin, mystic, nun, reformer of the Carmelite order, and, with Saint John of the Cross, foundress of the Discalced Carmelites. When she was a girl, her father sent her for a time to live in an Augustinian convent, until she became ill about a year or so later. During her illness,… Continue reading Saint Teresa of Avila

Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I think it’s a pretty common experience for people to look for a sign from God. So many comedies have that premise somewhere in the story line. Don’t we all look for signs from God to make sure we’re doing the right thing? So signs are necessary and helpful events in our spiritual… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Father's House A Church Built with CARE

Today’s readings If you’ve been to any number of Church weddings, you have probably heard today’s first reading, and part of the Gospel proclaimed. Obviously we usually leave out the part about divorce, but these readings are quite popular for weddings. The reason, of course, is that the story is about how man and woman… Continue reading The Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time