Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Today’s readings Today we celebrate a feast of great importance to our Church.  Saint Peter, the apostle to the Jews, and St. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, come together to show how the Church is truly universal, that is, truly catholic.  There are similarities between the two men.  Simon’s name is changed to Peter after he professes… Continue reading Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings There’s a little Christian Science church in the town where I grew up, on Main Street, just north of the downtown area.  They don’t anymore, but they used to list their upcoming sermon topic, followed by the line “All are welcome.”  Imagine my surprise when one day, the topic was going to be eternal punishment.  So… Continue reading The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Some people say all you need to do is make a one-time decision to accept Jesus as your personal Savior and you’re saved. If salvation were something magical that came about as the result of just saying a simple prayer, once and for all, then why wouldn’t everyone do that? The fact is,… Continue reading Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings On March 4th, in 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated as the thirty-second President of the United States, for the first of four terms.  As he began his presidency, the country was in economic crisis, mired as it was in the Great Depression.  There were all kinds of concerns in the country at that time,… Continue reading The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today’s readings I remember when I was growing up, often visiting my dear grandmother.  I remember when we visited that she had a beautiful framed picture in the living room, given a spot of honor where everyone could see it, and that picture was of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Whenever I think of the Sacred Heart,… Continue reading The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Thursday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Sadly, the prayer that our Lord gave us to avoid multiplying words and babbling like the pagans can so much become for us an occasion to do that very thing.  We can rattle off the Lord’s Prayer so quickly and second-naturedly that we totally miss what we’re saying and miss the real grace of… Continue reading Thursday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Today’s readings If you’ve ever travelled abroad, to a country where English is not the spoken language, maybe you’ve had this experience.  I travelled to Mexico when I was in seminary to learn Spanish.  The first day I was there, we went to Mass at the local Cathedral.  Even though at that point my Spanish was pretty sketchy,… Continue reading The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Saint Barnabas, Apostle

Today’s readings Saint Barnabas, a Jew of Cyprus, was not one of the original Twelve apostles, but is honored as an apostle because of his work of evangelization in the early Church.  He was closely associated with Saint Paul, with whom, as we heard in our first reading today, he was sent out on mission.  In this… Continue reading Saint Barnabas, Apostle

Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Sometimes God’s blessings can be challenging.  For example, we might not think that those who are meek and those who mourn are blessed.  And we certainly wouldn’t celebrate the blessings of those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, would we?  It’s even more challenging when we remember that the word “blessed” in Scripture could… Continue reading Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Truth is quite a topic these days. Mostly because people choose to define truth in any way that suits them.  Absolute truth is taken to be authoritarianism and it’s the real death of any kind of conversation that would lead to conversion. It’s the kind of thing that has some people valuing property over… Continue reading Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time