The Third Sunday of Lent: Trust in God’s Mercy

Today’s readings God is extremely patient when it comes to extending mercy. That’s what Jesus is talking about in this rather odd parable. I have to admit that I’m no gardener: I’m just not patient enough for that! So I needed to do a little digging to get a real sense of where this parable… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Lent: Trust in God’s Mercy

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent: Letting Go of Passing Things

Today’s readings I’m going to say something that is probably going to make you think I’m wrong. And that is that the great sin of the rich man was not the sin of neglecting poor Lazarus. Sure, that was certainly bad, but his greatest sin, I think, was that he trusted in himself instead of… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Lent: Letting Go of Passing Things

Thursday of the First Week of Lent: Persistent Prayer

Today’s readings The readings for these early days of Lent are focused on teaching us how to accomplish the various disciplines of Lent – which really are the various disciplines of the spiritual life. The whole point is that we enter more deeply into the spiritual life during these days of Lent, with a view… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Lent: Persistent Prayer

The First Sunday of Lent: Remembering Who We Are

Today’s readings Perhaps the greatest sin of modern times, maybe of all time, is that we sometimes forget who we are. Politicians forget that they are elected officials, given the trust of the people they serve, and so they become embroiled in a scandal or sell themselves to special interest groups. Church leaders forget that… Continue reading The First Sunday of Lent: Remembering Who We Are

Friday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings A lot of people say they aren’t giving up something for Lent, they’re just going to try to do something positive. I think that can be a little vague, to be honest. I usually tell people it doesn’t just have to be one or the other. Indeed, today’s Liturgy of the Word tells… Continue reading Friday after Ash Wednesday

Thursday after Ash Wednesday: The Road Less Traveled

Today’s readings When I hear today’s readings, I very often think of the poem, “The Road Less Traveled,” by Robert Frost. It goes, of course, like this: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as… Continue reading Thursday after Ash Wednesday: The Road Less Traveled

Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings The Scriptures today call us to repentance, which is an important spiritual theme for Lent. In fact, if it were not for our need for repentance, we wouldn’t need Jesus, he wouldn’t have to have taken on flesh, he wouldn’t have to suffer and die. But we do need a Savior, and so… Continue reading Ash Wednesday

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 

In this short reading from Mark’s gospel, Jesus tells us three things about our mission as disciples. First, we don’t do it alone. Ministry is never something that we do by ourselves. True ministry is never a matter of our personal preference or even of what we personally think should be done. True ministry is… Continue reading Thursday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 

Monday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 

“O LORD, how many are my adversaries!” That is what the Psalmist cries out today. And well he might, because we see those many adversaries in today’s Liturgy of the Word. The casting out of the demon Legion is a chilling one for us, I think, because it’s really our story. How many of us… Continue reading Monday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time