Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This morning’s readings give us a sense, I think, of the urgency of repentance and the real need for discipleship. The first reading from the book of Sirach reminds us that God’s patience should not be mistaken for acceptance of our sins. Just because God does not strike us down on the spot… Continue reading Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So the disciples are waiting for Jesus to come down the mountain after the Transfiguration.  They have attempted to cure a man’s son from the hold of a demon, but they were apparently unable to do so.  This seems to have led to an argument between them and the scribes.  You can almost… Continue reading Monday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the apostle. This is a feast that commemorates Jesus giving the servant authority of the Church to Saint Peter, as we heard in today’s Gospel. This is a special day of prayer for the Pope, the successor of Saint Peter among us.… Continue reading Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

Thursday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In the aftermath of the great flood, what’s left is what God wants us to know is important: life. Life is the way we participate in the essence of our Creator God. And that life is so important that absolutely nothing could completely blot it out – not even the waters of the… Continue reading Thursday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We’re still in the opening chapters of human history in our first reading, and in these opening chapters we see some of the less beautiful parts of human nature. The first reading reads like an exposition of deadly sins, and these sins have continued to plague humanity ever since. We start with envy,… Continue reading Monday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings speak to us about the wonderful, spiritual quality of goodness.  We have the creation story, or at least the beginning of it, in which God is not only creating the world and everything in it, but also creating it in goodness.  And I think that we can relate to that in… Continue reading Monday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The encounter between Jesus and Simon Peter in today’s Gospel reading is a nice story, but I think it goes deeper than that. In this encounter, we see five very important principles of the life of a disciple. So I would like to reflect on these principles because we always need to grow… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saint Agatha, Virgin Martyr

Today’s readings As is true for many, or perhaps most, of the virgin martyrs, 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… Continue reading Saint Agatha, Virgin Martyr

Monday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We could look at today’s Gospel reading as an interesting miracle story of Jesus casting a demon out of a long-possessed man. But I think we should dig a little deeper than that this morning. Because many of us, I think, have to tangle with the unclean spirit from the tombs that infests… Continue reading Monday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings remind me of one of my favorite theological facts: we were all created for something.  I think it takes the better part of our lives sometimes to see what that purpose is, but rest assured: God has a purpose.  In our first reading, God says, “Before I formed you in the… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time