The Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings What would you give up for love? Today’s first reading puts poor Abraham in an awful position. Remember, he and Sarah were childless well into their old age. And it is only upon entering into relationship with God that that changes. God gives them a son, along with a promise, that he would… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Lent

Monday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. People often balk at the mere suggestion of being called to personal holiness.  Oftentimes, this is wrapped up in a kind of misplaced and false humility; that kind of humility that says that I’m no good; there is no way I can even… Continue reading Monday of the First Week of Lent

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Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.” This past Sunday, I was coming down with the upper respiratory infection I now am getting over.  It really came on suddenly, with a vengeance, and I was thinking last weekend if I took care of myself it would all… Continue reading Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Saint Scholastica, Virgin

Today we celebrate the memorial of Saint Scholastica, who is known as the sister of Saint Benedict.  Some traditions speak of them as twins. Pope Saint Gregory the Great tells us that Benedict ruled over both monks and nuns, and it seems as if Saint Scholastica was the prioress of the nuns. So what we… Continue reading Saint Scholastica, Virgin

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The women in today’s Liturgy of the Word give us contrasting views of the spiritual life. In our first reading, the women give us the example of what not to do. Solomon, known for his wisdom and dedication to God by building the temple, is soon seduced by the foreign women he had… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Agatha, Virgin Martyr

Today’s readings Historically speaking, we know almost nothing about Saint Agatha other than the fact that she was martyred in Sicily during the persecution of Decius in the third century.  Legend has it that Agatha was arrested as a Christian, tortured and sent to a house of prostitution to be mistreated. She was preserved from… Continue reading Saint Agatha, Virgin Martyr

The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The reality of suffering is something of a mystery for us.  Today we hear it in our first reading: Job, the innocent man, has been the victim of Satan’s testing: he has lost his family and riches, and has been afflicted physically.  His friends have gathered around and given him all the stock… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time