The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Loving Communities of Faith

Today’s readings Today’s second reading is certainly familiar to anyone who has been to a church wedding. It’s easy to see why so many couples would choose that reading: the romantic nature of the love they have for one another wants a reading as sweet and beautiful as this to be proclaimed at their wedding.… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Loving Communities of Faith

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

If we think that we are the ones who get to determine the direction of our lives, we are dead wrong. Look at Saul: educated in all the finest Jewish schools, well-versed in the Law and the Prophets, and zealous for the faith to a fault. He was absolutely the model Jewish man and had… Continue reading Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time: Fulfilled in Your Hearing!

Today’s readings I want to begin my homily by reminding you of the words we heard in our first reading from Nehemiah: He read out of the book from daybreak till midday, in the presence of the men, the women, and those children old enough to understand; and all the people listened attentively to the… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time: Fulfilled in Your Hearing!

Saint Agnes, Virgin & Martyr

Today we celebrate the feast day of Saint Agnes, a virgin and martyr of the Church. She is thought to have lived and died in the third century, but little is really known of her life. She is mentioned in the first Eucharistic Prayer in the list of saints: “Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia, and all the… Continue reading Saint Agnes, Virgin & Martyr

Monday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One of the great problems that many people have with living the spiritual life is that they want it on their own terms.  So often, we think we know what God wants, or even worse, we want God to want what we want.  And so we act according to our own desires instead… Continue reading Monday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today, Jesus manifests himself not just as one who came to do flashy deeds and heal the sick, but as one who does will that we would be made clean.  When Jesus performs a miracle, there’s always something deeper he’s getting at, always something more profound that he intends to reveal.  The healing… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It is always interesting to me how clearly the unclean spirits know who Jesus is. For them, Christ our God inspires fear and rebellion. But even these unclean spirits, hearing his voice, begrudgingly obey. Jesus teaches with authority, as the people standing by admit of him. This is a teaching that cannot be… Continue reading Tuesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Mother of God

Today’s readings Today, on the octave day of Christmas, which we still celebrate as Christmas Day, we are blessed to remember the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God. We do this because we all know that Mary’s faith made possible our own lives of faith and even more wonderfully made possible the salvation… Continue reading The Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Mother of God