The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings This feast is one of the reasons I love the Blessed Virgin. Having given her fiat – her “yes” – to God, she now shows concern for her elder relative who is also with child. She goes to visit her in a great act of hospitality, which is one of the virtues Paul… Continue reading The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Memorial Day

Readings: Isaiah 32:15-18 | Psalm 72 | Matthew 5:1-12a Mass of Peace and Justice One of the effects of a presidential election year for me, is taking a long hard look at who we hold up as our leaders or our heroes. In some ways these days, a presidential election is an emergence of whoever… Continue reading Memorial Day

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Today’s readings During World War II, the officers of the Third Reich’s secret service forcefully recruited many 12- and 13-year-old boys into the Junior Gestapo. The harshly treated boys were given only inhumane jobs that they were to perform without rest or complaint. After the war ended, most had lost contact with their families and… Continue reading The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Tuesday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In these last couple of days, Jesus is taking the time to set things right about what it means to be rich and famous. Today’s Gospel reading comes right after yesterday’s report of the rich young man. As you remember, Jesus looked at the young man and loved him, and then challenged him… Continue reading Tuesday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Scriptures extol the virtue of poverty of spirit, which is perhaps one of the more difficult virtues to embrace and nurture.  Saint James illustrates how things of this world, specifically the pursuit of riches, can be not only a powerful distraction from the spiritual life, but can also leave one complicit in… Continue reading Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings Today’s first reading and Gospel present a kind of wrap-up to the lives of St. Paul and Jesus, respectively. They both have completed the mission for which they had been sent, and both are now giving the mission back to God who would continue it as He alone saw fit. Paul’s mission had… Continue reading Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

The Ascension of the Lord

Today’s readings For the early Apostles and disciples, today’s feast had to be a kind of “now what?” experience for them. Think about what they’ve been through. Their Lord had been betrayed by one of their friends, he had been through a farce of a trial and put to death in a horrible, ignoble way,… Continue reading The Ascension of the Lord

The Ascension of the Lord – Alternate

Today’s readings “You are witnesses of these things.” That is what Jesus tells the disciples at the close of today’s Gospel reading. He is just about to ascend to the Father, and so he takes care to make sure that the disciples are ready for the mission. They are the ones who will have to… Continue reading The Ascension of the Lord – Alternate

Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings “You will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.”  Jesus continues to prepare his disciples for his not being among them in the flesh. He knows that his death, resurrect and Ascension were all part of the plan, and he wants the disciples to… Continue reading Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

The Sixth Sunday of Easter: Hope

Today’s readings Virtues are those habits and dispositions that lead us to what is good (CCC 1804). There are generally a couple of different kinds of virtues: human virtues (like prudence and justice) and theological virtues (like faith, hope and charity). I bring these up because I believe our readings today revolve around the theological… Continue reading The Sixth Sunday of Easter: Hope