Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings I love the readings we have today!  Susanna’s story is one of the most eloquent in the Old Testament Scriptures: in it we see the wisdom of the prophet Daniel, as well as the mercy and justice of God.  This story is certainly echoed in our Gospel reading about the acquittal of the woman caught… Continue reading Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings This illness is not to end in death,but is for the glory of God,that the Son of God may be glorified through it. As I’ve been praying during this COVID-19 crisis, I’ve been struck by two things.  First is that God, who never sets in motion the evil that happens to us (including this… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings This homily was for the school children. I recorded a Liturgy of the Word for them to see during the time when they’d usually have a school Mass, but can’t now because of COVID-19. When I was a young person – many years ago now! – in my town, it mattered where you… Continue reading Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings This feels like a little bit of deja-vu for me, because I just did a video lesson on holy water for the school kids yesterday.  Water is so important to us, and we see a lot of water in these readings.  Water refreshes us, sustains us, cleans us.  And people are saying that drinking water, if… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Friday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s readings “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”  That would be, I think, the most reassuring thing we could hear from our Lord!  To know that you’re on the right track — that your thoughts and heart’s desires are in line with God’s will — that would be a wonderful thing to… Continue reading Friday of the Third Week of Lent

Saint Joseph

Today’s readings What a time to be alive, right?  I mean, who among us ever expected anything like this, or would have chosen to walk down this sad path?  Who would choose quarantine or social distancing?  But here we are.  And we know, in our heart of hearts, that it’s not an accident.  God put… Continue reading Saint Joseph

The Third Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings This Mass was streamed live on Facebook in lieu of people attending Mass in person, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Is the LORD in our midst or not? I remember a time a while back when I got the flu – bad.  It was one of those rare occasions when I was so sick,… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Lent

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

Center cross from Duluth United Methodist Church.

Today’s readings And someone, of course, did rise from the dead – Jesus himself. That last line was a bit of foreshadowing. And many among the scribes and Pharisees remained unpersuaded. The Kingdom of God demands trust in God, not in ourselves , not in any human beings. Our own resources are laughable in the… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

The Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings This weekend’s homily is brief, because I’m also talking about our capital campaign. I think it’s very important for us to realize that we are not at home in this world, wherever we are.  We are always travelers until we reach heaven, which is our true home.  I remember on the last day of my… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Lent

Friday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings Today’s readings remind us that Lent is no time for “business as usual.” It’s not enough for us to merely claim to be righteous, because righteousness, literally a right relationship, means that righteous actions must back our lofty words. And so today we are called to a righteousness that surpasses the scribes and… Continue reading Friday of the First Week of Lent