The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings On March 4th, in 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated as the thirty-second President of the United States, for the first of four terms.  As he began his presidency, the country was in economic crisis, mired as it was in the Great Depression.  There were all kinds of concerns in the country at… Continue reading The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s readings  Today we celebrate a feast that is a bit unusual for us. When we celebrate a saint’s day, it is usually celebrated on the feast of their death, not their birth. But today we gather to celebrate the birth of a saint, Saint John the Baptist, and the fact that we’re celebrating his… Continue reading The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Today’s readings In the summer of my first year of seminary, the diocese sent me to Mexico to learn Spanish.  This time next week, I’ll be wishing that worked a lot better than it did!  I have forgotten, unfortunately, a lot of what I learned, but I’ll never forget the first day.  The first day… Continue reading The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Friday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This morning we have to wrestle with the question: is there something in my life that distracts me from living my life as God intended that I need to cut out?  It’s a ruthless image that we find in our Gospel reading: gouge out an eye, cut off a hand – all of… Continue reading Friday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings  Would that we all would be, as St. Paul said, transformed from glory into glory. But the problem is, we get caught up in all the wrong kinds of things. Which is exactly what he was cautioning the Corinthians against, and what Jesus was condemning the Scribes and Pharisees for doing in today’s… Continue reading Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Today’s readings I think I can always remember my mother, and my grandmothers, praying to St. Anthony anytime something was lost. There’s even the popular little prayer, “Tony, Tony, please come ’round, something’s lost and must be found.” This everyday need to find lost objects has made St. Anthony one of the most popular saints.… Continue reading Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Sometimes God’s blessings can be challenging.  For example, we might not think that those who are meek and those who mourn are blessed.  And we certainly wouldn’t celebrate the blessings of those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, would we?  It’s even more challenging when we remember that the word “blessed”… Continue reading Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Most Holy Trinity: What is God like?

Today’s readings There’s a little Christian Science church in the town where I grew up, on Main Street, just north of the downtown area.  They don’t anymore, but they used to list their upcoming sermon topic, followed by the line “All are welcome.”  Imagine my surprise when one day, the topic was going to be… Continue reading The Most Holy Trinity: What is God like?

Friday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Angels are messengers that God sends sometimes to let us know his plans for us, or to guard and guide us, or even to help us to see what’s really important. And it’s that last thing that the archangel Raphael does in today’s first reading. If we remember all the way back to… Continue reading Friday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings If you’ve ever been to one of our school Masses here at Notre Dame, you know that I’m almost always telling the children that God loves them.  I feel like that might be the most important thing we ever learn about God; and that if we learn it – really learn it –… Continue reading Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time