Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

Today’s readings This is the beginning of a rather angelic few days for us Catholics.  Today we celebrate the feast of the archangels, and on Monday we will have the joy of honoring our guardian angels.  We celebrate the way the angels protect and guide us and keep us on the path to Christ. Many… Continue reading Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I love the little line in the gospel reading that says, “Take care, then, how you hear.”  It almost seems like a throw-away line, but really, I believe, it’s an essential instruction from Jesus.  We disciples are to take care how we hear.  Not what we hear, although that’s probably part of it,… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings are a kind of blueprint for the life of the disciple.  We see that those who surrounded Jesus as his core group were but a few selected people.  We have the Twelve, of course, but also some women.  Common to all of them is that nowadays we would probably not see… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This whole Gospel story can be a little bit jarring, I think. I was particularly struck by what the messenger said to Jesus when he asked him to come to the centurion’s house: “He deserves to have you do this for him.” As if any of us is ever worthy of God’s mercy!… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The Liturgy in these past summer months has been teaching us how to be disciples of Jesus.  Today, the readings give us another tool for the disciple, and that tool is forgiveness.  These readings come on the heels of what we heard last week, which was about the way the Christian disciple resolves… Continue reading The Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Today’s readings In a lot of ways, this is a strange feast we are celebrating today. Think about it. This is the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which in Jesus’ day would have been as big an oxymoron as one could possibly imagine. It’s like us saying that we are going to celebrate the exaltation… Continue reading The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Tuesday of the Twenty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I’ve heard it said that the only one of the disciples Jesus called that day who was actually fit for his job was Judas Iscariot, and we all know how that worked out. We don’t know what God considers qualification for discipleship, we just know that somehow, for some reason, we have all… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twenty-third Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So today our Gospel, at the end of it, talks to us a bit about what prayer looks like.  And that reminds me of one of my favorite little stories. So this person was not a real person of faith, but they were going through some hard times.  So since everything else she… Continue reading The Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The presence of God, in some ways, is quite often really unwelcome, at least to those who have made their own gods. In today’s Gospel the demons that possessed the poor man knew who Jesus was and what he came to proclaim. Those demons wanted no part of Jesus, in fact, they wanted… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time