All Saints’ Day Eve (All Hallows Eve): Would Jesus Trick-or-Treat?

Today’s readings Since we’re gathered here on Halloween, All Hallows Eve, I thought I might get your attention by doing a little homily I like to call “Would Jesus Go Trick-or-Treating?” It’s an important topic, because I think a lot of parents wrestle with the message of Halloween and whether or not they should support… Continue reading All Saints’ Day Eve (All Hallows Eve): Would Jesus Trick-or-Treat?

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 Today I think our Scriptures call us to get love right.  Love is an important thing for Christians because we know that God is love, and that we are called to love.  But what we sometimes define love to be, and what we often settle for is so much less than what it’s… Continue reading The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Responsorial Psalm, Psalm 1; has always been one of my very favorite psalms. One interpretation of this Psalm is to look at it as a blueprint for blessedness. In Biblical terms, of course, blessedness equals happiness. So the person who doesn’t follow the counsel of the wicked or walk with sinners but… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy of the Word speaks to us about being ready.  And now’s as good a time for that as any, especially since we are getting so close to the end of the liturgical year.  The liturgical year ends on the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King of the Universe, which… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Stewardship Sunday

Today’s readings This is indeed our home.  It can be easy to come to think of this place as a school, or an auditorium, or even as a worship space and fills a function and other than that, doesn’t mean anything different.  But as I said in the video this is our home: this is… Continue reading The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Stewardship Sunday

Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time: Make a Difference Day

Today’s readings Our Gospel today warns us of coming persecutions.  At some point, we will all be dragged before synagogues and rulers and authorities of some sort, and we will have to give an account of what we believe.  Now for us, it’s not going to be so literal, obviously.  But we may have to… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time: Make a Difference Day

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin

“I need nothing but God, and to lose myself in the heart of Jesus.” St. Margaret Mary spoke these as her dying words, while being anointed at the age of 43. Margaret was a simple woman and a Visitation nun. She worked as an assistant in the convent infirmary, but God had other plans for… Continue reading Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin

Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Listen to the voices of hope in today’s Liturgy: “But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.” “For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” “Blessed are they who… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Have you ever been sure of the Lord’s call in your life and it just terrified you?  I have.  And for those of us who have been in this position, we can perhaps understand Jonah’s reaction in today’s first reading.  He had been called by the Lord to preach to the people in… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time