Thanksgiving Day

Today’s readings: Isaiah 63:7-9 | Psalm 113 | Colossians 3:12-17 | Luke 10:17-24 Back in seminary, during the last summer before I was ordained a priest, I did my Clinical Pastoral Education at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.  It’s a level one trauma center, so it’s a busy place with a lot of, well,… Continue reading Thanksgiving Day

Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Very often, when we hear this story about the widow’s mite, the story is equated with the call to stewardship. That’s a rather classic explanation of the text. And there’s nothing wrong with that explanation. But honestly, I don’t think the story about the widow’s mite is about stewardship at all. Yes, it’s… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Today’s readings I wonder if this solemnity of Christ the King is one to which many people can relate.  In our American society, so many people don’t recognize or accept any authority outside of their own personal opinion of what is okay, let alone grasp the concept of a monarchical, top-down method of government. And… Continue reading Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Saint Cecilia, Virgin Martyr

Today’s readings I’m sure we have some musicians here in church today: whether you play an instrument or sing, this is your feast day, because today we celebrate Saint Cecilia, a virgin and martyr who is the patron saint of musicians.  Because she is a martyr, we also remember those people of faith throughout history who… Continue reading Saint Cecilia, Virgin Martyr

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel can be a confusing one, perhaps even a little difficult to hear.  It’s very disconcerting to see Jesus as being callous to his mother and not receiving her when she came to visit.  But our gut – or rather our faith – tells us that Jesus and Mary had a relationship… Continue reading The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saturday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You know, this Gospel reading is filled with all sorts of off-putting comments, isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I bristle at the thought of comparing God to a dishonest judge! But that’s not the point here. Of course, Jesus means that God is so much greater than the dishonest judge,… Continue reading Saturday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So many religious people tend to get concerned about the end of time.  Some years ago, there was a serious of books called Left Behind, and a couple of movies made from them.  The premise was that Jesus returned to take all the faithful people home, and “left behind” everyone else.  It’s a… Continue reading Friday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Let’s be honest; we want it to be easy, this spiritual life, this journey to the kingdom.  We look longingly for signs that we’re headed the right way; we want more than anything to know we’ll end up in the right place.  And so we pay attention, sometimes, when people say, “Look, there he is,”… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Martin of Tours / Veterans Day

Today we have the opportunity to celebrate some heroes.  One hero is today’s saint, Saint Martin of Tours, who was actually a veteran and a fierce defender of our faith.  The other heroes are our nation’s veterans, who have fought in wars to protect us and to protect our freedoms. St. Martin of Tours is… Continue reading Saint Martin of Tours / Veterans Day

The Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings What if this life was all there was?  I’m sure you know some people who think that.  I’m not sure how people who think that can get out of bed in the morning, let alone keep on living day after day. Questions about life and death and last things and life after the last things… Continue reading The Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time