Memorial Day

Today’s readings: Isaiah 32:15-18, Philippians 4:6-9, Matthew 5:1-12a Memorial Day originally began in our country as an occasion to remember and decorate the graves of the soldiers who died in the Civil War.  Later it became a holiday to commemorate all those who had died in war in the service of our country.  This continues to… Continue reading Memorial Day

The Most Holy Trinity

Today’s readings Today’s feast has us gathered to celebrate one of the greatest mysteries of our faith, the Most Holy Trinity.  Today we celebrate our one God in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  One of my favorite stories is about Saint Augustine, grappling with the sublime concept of the Trinity.  The story goes… Continue reading The Most Holy Trinity

Saint Philip Neri

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the memorial of Saint Philip Neri, founder of the Congregation of the Oratory, a community of Catholic priests and lay brothers.  At the age of 18, he travelled to live with a wealthy relative to learn, and possibly inherit, the family business.  But soon after arriving, he experienced a mystical… Continue reading Saint Philip Neri

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Scriptures extol the virtue of poverty of spirit, which is perhaps one of the more difficult virtues to embrace and nurture.  Saint James illustrates how things of this world, specifically the pursuit of riches, can be not only a powerful distraction from the spiritual life, but can also leave one complicit in… Continue reading Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In today’s Gospel, we have the disciples arguing among themselves because they find they don’t understand Jesus’ message. And then that degenerates into a further argument about which one of them was the greatest.  They’re doing an awful lot of arguing, and not nearly enough listening. All of this arguing betrays a real lack… Continue reading Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Matthias, Apostle

Today’s readings We don’t really know much about St. Matthias. We have no idea the qualifications that led to his being nominated as one of two possibilities to take Judas’s position among the Twelve Apostles. But clearly, they would have nominated a holy and faithful man, and then they left the deciding up to the… Continue reading Saint Matthias, Apostle

The Ascension of Our Lord

Today’s readings When I was on my pastoral internship in seminary, my supervisor and I talked about the fact that our Liturgy is very wordy. Think about it: all of the prayers and readings and songs – it’s a lot of words to take in in an hour or less, but we do it all… Continue reading The Ascension of Our Lord

Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings “You will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.” Jesus continues to prepare his disciples for his not being among them in the flesh. He knows that his death, resurrection and Ascension were all part of the plan, and he wants the disciples to… Continue reading Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings There are a lot of miracles going on in today’s first reading.  First, there’s the earthquake that brings down the prison walls, although Paul and Silas did not take advantage of the situation.  Then there’s the conversion of the jailer, who was an employee of the Romans, and so would have had to… Continue reading Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings I don’t know if you were counting or not, but between the second reading and the Gospel, the word “love” was used in one form or another eighteen times.  So it’s pretty easy to see where the Church is leading us in today’s Liturgy of the Word.  Love is a theme that runs… Continue reading The Sixth Sunday of Easter