Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings There’s a lot of talk about water in these readings today, and when that happens, we know that it means the talk is really about baptism.  We ourselves are the sick and lame man who needed Jesus’ help to get into the waters of Bethesda.  The name “Bethesda” means “house of mercy” in… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings At the heart of our practice of prayer has to be trust in God. We don’t – or shouldn’t – need signs to convince us of God’s love and care for us.  But don’t we do that all the time?  Aren’t we just like those Galileans looking for a sign?  We might be… Continue reading Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

The Fourth Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny II

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy is all about vision and sight and light and darkness.  All of these, dear friends, are things that we certainly take for granted.  Think about it: we don’t appreciate the gift of light until that dark and stormy night when the electricity goes out and we’re fumbling around in the darkness… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny II

The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Today’s readings Fear keeps us from doing all sorts of things the Lord wants for us.  If we would truly let go of our fear and cling to our God, just imagine what he could do in us and through us.  Ahaz was King of Israel, a mighty commander, but yet was so afraid of… Continue reading The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Friday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s readings “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”  That would be, the most reassuring thing we could hear from our Lord!  To know that you’re on the right track — that your thoughts and heart’s desires are in line with God’s will — that would be a wonderful thing to know.  And… Continue reading Friday of the Third Week of Lent

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

Today’s readings Many people who have been away from the Sacrament of Penance for a long time have said that they were afraid to come back to the Church because they felt like their sins defined them.  That they walked around with some kind of scarlet letter on their persons.  I think this is the… Continue reading Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

Monday of the Second Week of Lent

Today’s readings These readings for the weekdays of Lent are especially challenging, aren’t they?  They’re supposed to be.  They speak of what it means to be a disciple and take up the cross, and they speak of it with urgency.  We have to be willing to have our whole world turned upside-down; to do something… Continue reading Monday of the Second Week of Lent

The Second Sunday of Lent: Yearning for Our True Home

Today’s readings I think it’s very important for us to realize that we are not at home in this world, wherever we are.  We are always travelers until we reach heaven, which is our true home.  I remember on the last day of my dad’s life, almost ten years ago now, he kept looking at… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Lent: Yearning for Our True Home

Thursday of the First Week of Lent 

Today’s readings  If we take one thought out of Lent this year, it should be this: we need a Savior. Even before Jesus’ time, Esther knew this. Esther’s adoptive father Mordecai was a deeply religious man. His devotion incurred the wrath of Haman the Agagite, who was a court official of King Ahasuerus of Persia.… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Lent 

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings #LentND The prophet Isaiah and Jesus speak today about the great power of words. Isaiah speaks specifically of the power of God’s word, a word that will not return empty but will go out and accomplish the purpose for which God sent it.  We see the word that the prophet speaks of here,… Continue reading Tuesday of the First Week of Lent