Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I think we get a more vivid picture of today’s Gospel if we’ve ever had the task of weeding a good-sized garden. I’ve done it plenty of times.  It’s not a task I really enjoy, but it is kind of good in that when you finish a job like that, you can look at… Continue reading Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Martha

Today’s readings Along with her sister Mary, and brother Lazarus, Saint Martha was a personal friend of Jesus. We have all heard the story about Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet while Martha did all the cooking and serving. Martha quite rightly (in my opinion!) demands that all should lend a hand in the preparation of… Continue reading Saint Martha

The Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Teach Us to Pray

Today’s readings Today’s liturgy is a call to persistent prayer.  Prayer is a tool that we must hone and use and perfect over a lifetime of discipleship. Sometimes our prayer life may be rich: we hear what God wants for us and we find ourselves connected to God throughout the day.  Sometimes our prayer life may seem to… Continue reading The Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Teach Us to Pray

Saturday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings There are a lot of pitfalls on the road through our spiritual lives.  We ourselves experience that all the time.  Making our confessions, we have a firm purpose of amendment, but it seems like the devil knows that, and so we barely make it to the parking lot and there’s a new temptation or frustration.  Those… Continue reading Saturday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Grandparents of Our Lord

Today’s readings We don’t know much, well anything really, about Saints Joachim and Anne. Even in the Gospels where the ancestry of Jesus is traced, nothing is really said about Mary’s family, so we don’t have records that tell us anything about who Mary’s parents were. Their names themselves are really sourced by legend written… Continue reading Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Grandparents of Our Lord

Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings A perfectly respectable reading of the whole Exodus story is an allegorical one.  In this reading, the Egyptian army, its chariots and charioteers and even its horses, symbolize the forces of evil and sin – basically everything that stands between us and God.  God loved the Israelites, who are God’s chosen people, and in a… Continue reading Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Today’s readings In the twelfth century, some hermits lived on Mount Carmel in what is now northern Israel.  This was located near the fountain of Elijah.  By the thirteenth century, some called these hermits the “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  This rings especially true with our Gospel reading today, in which Jesus tells… Continue reading Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings At first glance, it all seems so simple, doesn’t it? “Go and do likewise.” Easy enough. But when a command like “go and do likewise” comes at the end of one of Jesus’ parables, we really ought to suspect it’s going to stretch us a little bit, and today is no exception. So… Continue reading The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Our God never promises that the life of faith and discipleship will be an easy one; only that it will be blessed. One thing is certain: that life will certainly entail hardship, even suffering. That’s pretty evident in today’s Gospel reading. Faithful disciples have to worry about being betrayed by even their closest… Continue reading Friday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In today’s readings, God proves himself trustworthy, yet again. He appears to Jacob in a dream and promises that he will be with him wherever he goes, protecting him, and bringing him back to the land, which he would also give to Jacob’s descendants. In his joy, Jacob reacts by consecrating the land… Continue reading Monday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time