The First Sunday of Advent

Today’s readings Sometimes I think when it was time to pass out patience, I was in some other line. Waiting can be a real challenge for me, and I usually fill up the waiting time with worrying or something equally pointless. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in that. None of us likes to wait:… Continue reading The First Sunday of Advent

Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Jesus says to us today, “this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.”  This includes all of us, past, present and future.  We will all live, in some way, to see the end of days, either here on earth, or from the joy of heaven. So what will… Continue reading Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Thanksgiving Day

Today’s readings: Isaiah 63:7-9; Psalm 145; Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 17:11-19 Lately, I have had to take a step back and look at how blessed I am. Being the only priest assigned to this parish, things can get a little hectic. I can get caught up in all the stuff I have to do administratively, I… Continue reading Thanksgiving Day

Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Very often, when we hear this story about the widow’s mite, the story is equated with the call to stewardship. That’s a rather classic explanation of the text. And there’s nothing wrong with that explanation. But honestly, I don’t think the story about the widow’s mite is about stewardship at all. Yes, it’s… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the great feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King of the Universe. In the past, I have said on this feast that it’s a little odd for us, mostly because we don’t have a king in our system of government, so it’s hard for us to relate. But lately,… Continue reading Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe

Thursday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings If the readings today stir up feelings of anxiety in us, well, that’s to be expected. These are not readings of comfort and peace – anything but! And that’s just how the Lectionary is arranged. Every year at the end of the Church year – which this is – we have readings about… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time 

Today’s readings Right at the end of today’s first reading is one of the most chilling lines in all of Scripture: “and they did die.” The people’s faith was sorely tested: would they give in and worship the false gods of the people around them so that they could have some kind of peace and… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time 

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

Today’s readings St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, who was called “Mother Cabrini” during her life, was a humble woman of great faith and fortitude, who stayed with her mission. She was refused entrance to the religious order that had educated her. So she began working at an orphanage, eventually becoming a sister in the religious order… Continue reading Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

Saint Josaphat, Bishop & Martyr

Today we celebrate the memorial of Saint Josaphat, who was born in what is now Poland to Orthodox parents. He later became a Basilian monk, and was chosen bishop of Vitebsk, in what is now Russia. His task was to bridge the divide between the Roman and Orthodox Church, but this was not easy, because… Continue reading Saint Josaphat, Bishop & Martyr

The Anniversary of the Dedication of Saint John Lateran

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the feast of the dedication of the Cathedral of St. John Lateran in Rome. Most people think of St. Peter’s Basilica as the pope’s church, but that’s not true. As the Bishop of Rome, his Cathedral Church is the Lateran Cathedral, once dedicated to our Savior, but now named for… Continue reading The Anniversary of the Dedication of Saint John Lateran