Monday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time 

Today’s Readings  “In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.” I believe that one of the goals of all our lives is to find true peace. And unfortunately, we spend time looking for that peace in too many of the wrong places. We might think we can find peace in wealth, or status, or… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time 

Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time 

Today’s readings  The injunction for wives to be submissive to their husbands, given in our first reading, certainly offends our modern ears. That’s just not the kind of thing we say in this society –now. Yet this was the norm in the society in which Saint Paul ministered. So that command would hardly have raised… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time 

Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The leader of the synagogue had it all wrong, and he of all people should have known what was right. God always intended the Sabbath day to be a day of rest, yes, but also of healing, also of mercy. There is no way that we can rest if we are in need… Continue reading Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The thing is, you know, the Pharisee was quite right. His righteousness was beyond reproach. He has been innocent of greed, dishonesty and adultery. He has been more pious than even the law requires. Fasting was only required once a year, on the Day of Atonement, but he fasts twice a week. Tithes… Continue reading The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saint Ignatius of Antioch 

Saint Ignatius was a convert to Christianity who eventually became the bishop of Antioch. During his time in Antioch, the Emperor Trajan began persecuting the Church there and forced people to choose between death and denying the faith. Ignatius would have none of that, so he was placed in chains and brought to Rome for… Continue reading Saint Ignatius of Antioch 

The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Prayer is one of the most important elements of the Christian life, of the life of a disciple, and yet it is also, I think, one of the most difficult to master. Still, it’s something that we work at every day of our lives, and the working it out should be one of… Continue reading The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I think it’s a pretty common experience for people to look for a sign from God. So many comedies have that premise somewhere in the story line. Don’t we all look for signs from God to make sure we’re doing the right thing? Well, yes, signs are necessary and helpful events in our… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time