Monday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time 

Today’s readings  One of the most important aspects of the spiritual life is the knowledge that we can’t hold on to everything all at once. If we’re holding on to the stuff of this world, we have no way of taking hold of the blessings God wants to give us. The rich young man in… Continue reading Monday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time 

The Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings For the Rite of  Acceptance Into the Order of Catechumens Worry will absolutely kill us, if we let it.  As a pastor and confessor, I hear worry from people all the time.  Worry about job issues or money in general, worry about illnesses or the grieving of loved ones, worry about children and other… Continue reading The Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saint Polycarp, bishop and martyr

Today’s readings  Saint Polycarp was the bishop of Smyrna and a disciple of the apostles. He is known to have accompanied Saint Ignatius of Antioch to Rome to confer with Pope Anicetus concerning the celebration of Easter, which was quite a controversy in that time. He was known to be a man of faith and… Continue reading Saint Polycarp, bishop and martyr

Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings There’s been a lot of arguing in the Gospels these last couple of days.  Yesterday, the disciples were arguing with the scribes when both groups found they were incapable of casting a demon out of a person who was ill.  Today, we have the disciples arguing among themselves because they find they don’t… Continue reading Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So the disciples are waiting for Jesus to come down the mountain after the Transfiguration.  They have attempted to cure a man’s son from the hold of a demon, but they were apparently unable to do so.  This seems to have led to an argument between them and the scribes.  You can almost… Continue reading Monday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.”  The writer of the letter to the Hebrews sums up for us this notion of faith, which can be so difficult to wrap our minds around.  What I love about the definition of faith that comes to us… Continue reading Saturday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Saints Cyril and Methodius

You might have been expecting to celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day today, but we don’t have Saint Valentine’s day on our current liturgical calendar.  Instead today we have the feast of two brothers: Saints Cyril and Methodius.  They lived in the ninth century in an area of Greece inhabited by many Slavs, and eventually they became… Continue reading Saints Cyril and Methodius

Monday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We’re still in the opening chapters of human history in our first reading, and in these opening chapters we see some of the less beautiful parts of human nature. The first reading reads like an exposition of deadly sins, and these sins have continued to plague humanity ever since. We start with envy,… Continue reading Monday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s homily is lectio brevis because our parish mission speaker presented the first of his talks at Mass today. Today, very briefly, I want to talk to you about our need for repentance, reconciliation, and forgiveness.  Jesus makes it very clear in today’s Gospel that the spirit of the law is worth focusing on,… Continue reading The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings  “Blessed are those who fear the Lord,” the Psalmist tells us today. And today as our example of those who fear the Lord, we have two women. And we begin with the creation of the first woman. God has created all the creatures of the earth: land, water and air, yet none of… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time