The Fourth Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny II (Cycle A Readings)

Jesus Healing the Blind El Greco

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy is all about vision and sight and light and darkness.  All of these, dear friends, are things that many of us certainly take for granted.  Think about it: we don’t appreciate the gift of light until that dark and stormy night when the electricity goes out and we’re fumbling around in… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny II (Cycle A Readings)

The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Cycle C Readings)

Today’s readings At the heart of it, Lent is about two things.  First, it’s about baptism.  That’s what the participants in our RCIA program are reflecting on these days, and eleven of them are preparing to be baptized at our Easter Vigil Mass this year. And baptism leads us to the second purpose of Lent, which is conversion:… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Cycle C Readings)

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s readings This week, the Scriptures have been warning us not to avoid the truth.  Today is no exception.  Today we see that the way we tend to avoid truth is often through obfuscation, trying to confuse the facts.  It’s a case of “the best defense is a good offense,” where we attack the truth… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s readings The book of Daniel the Prophet is one of my favorite books of Scripture. If you haven’t read that book, that would be a great one to take in during Lent. It won’t take terribly long, but be sure you read it from a Catholic edition of the Bible because other editions won’t… Continue reading Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

The Third Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny I: Give Us Living Water

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Today’s readings Note: This homily was for the Mass at which the RCIA Elect were present for the First Scrutiny, so particular readings are used for that. What is it going to take to quench the thirst that you have right now? We’re lucky; we live in a part of the world where we can… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny I: Give Us Living Water

Saturday of the Second Week of Lent: He Welcomes Sinners and Eats with Them

Today’s readings That Jesus would welcome sinners and eat with them is obviously a huge deal.  There was thought that associating with sinners made one complicit in the sin; so the audacity of such an action was sinful in and of itself, at least as far as the religious leadership was concerned.  But as an act of… Continue reading Saturday of the Second Week of Lent: He Welcomes Sinners and Eats with Them

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

Today’s readings I’m going to say something that is probably going to make you think I’m wrong. And that is that the great sin of the rich man was not the sin of neglecting poor Lazarus. Sure, that was certainly bad, but his greatest sin, I think, was that he trusted in himself instead of… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

Monday of the Second Week of Lent

Today’s readings These readings for the weekdays of Lent are especially challenging, aren’t they?  They’re supposed to be.  They speak of what it means to be a disciple and take up the cross, and they speak of it with urgency.  We have to be willing to have our whole world turned upside-down; to do something… Continue reading Monday of the Second Week of Lent

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent / Saint Patrick

Today’s readings I used to be upset that Saint Patrick’s Day always happened during Lent.  I’d have to postpone the celebration of my favorite saint until Sunday, especially if it fell on a Friday, because we just didn’t have corned beef on Friday, you know.  But as I’ve grown older, I appreciate that Saint Patrick’s… Continue reading Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent / Saint Patrick

Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings If we take one thought out of Lent, it should be this: we need a Savior. Even before Jesus’ time, Esther knew this. Esther’s adoptive father Mordecai was a deeply religious man. His devotion incurred the wrath of Haman the Agagite, who was a court official of King Ahasuerus of Persia. Mordecai refused… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Lent