The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Stop Hoarding!

Today’s readings Once in a while in the news, you will hear a story of someone who has hoarded possessions so much as to put them in danger. A while ago, I remember hearing of someone who had passed away, and rescuers needed to cut a hole in the roof in order to remove the… Continue reading The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Stop Hoarding!

Saint Martha

Today’s readings Along with her sister Mary, and brother Lazarus, Saint Martha was a personal friend of Jesus. We have all heard the story about Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet while Martha did all the cooking and serving. Martha quite rightly (in my opinion!) demands that all should lend a hand in the preparation of… Continue reading Saint Martha

Thursday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings present us with two very interesting images. The first is that of a potter working at the wheel. When the object turned out badly, the potter re-created the object until it was right. Jeremiah tells us that just so is Israel, in the hand of the LORD. Not that God couldn’t… Continue reading Thursday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Saints Joachim & Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Grandparents of Our Lord

Today’s readings We don’t know much, well anything really, about Saints Joachim and Anne. Even in the Gospels where the ancestry of Jesus is traced, nothing is really said about Mary’s family, so we don’t have names that tell us anything about who Mary’s parents were. Their names themselves are really sourced by legend written… Continue reading Saints Joachim & Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Grandparents of Our Lord

Saint James, Apostle

Today’s readings “Can you drink the chalice of which I am going to drink?” What does that even mean for us? We know what Jesus’ chalice was like: it led him through sorrow, and abandonment, and ultimately to the cross. If we have ever been in a situation in which we have felt intense grief,… Continue reading Saint James, Apostle

The Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time: Pray Without Ceasing!

Today’s readings Prayer is that activity that people of God have at their disposal to remain in contact with God. It takes many forms: intercessory prayer, in which we pray for people or issues; adoration, in which we extol the greatness of God; confession, in which we note how, in comparison to God’s glory, we… Continue reading The Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time: Pray Without Ceasing!

Saint Benedict, Abbot, Founder of Western Monasticism 

It is with great fondness that I observe this feast of St. Benedict the abbot, and father of western monasticism. My Benedictine roots stem from my college days at Benedictine University in Lisle (then called Illinois Benedictine College), and I have a deep fondness for the monks of St. Procopius Abbey, who staffed the college,… Continue reading Saint Benedict, Abbot, Founder of Western Monasticism 

Friday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Our God never promises that the life of faith and discipleship will be an easy one; only that it will be blessed. One thing is certain: that life will certainly entail hardship, even suffering. That’s pretty evident in today’s Gospel reading. Faithful disciples have to worry about being betrayed by even their closest… Continue reading Friday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel underlines the failure of the Jewish leaders of the time.  Jesus was casting out demons from many people, which was what they were supposed to do but could not.  They were too busy attending to the minutiae of the Law instead of seeing to the salvation of souls, which is what… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So Jesus’ ministry is ramping up into full gear. In order to prepare the places he intends to visit, he sends out seventy-two disciples, in pairs, to prepare the way. They are going to do some of the same things he will do: curing the sick, healing the broken, and preaching the Kingdom… Continue reading The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time