Thursday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings present us with two very interesting images.  The first is that of a potter working at the wheel.  When the object turned out badly, the potter re-created the object until it was right.  Jeremiah tells us that just so is Israel, in the hand of the Lord.  Not that God couldn’t get it right the first… Continue reading Thursday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This morning, the prophet Jeremiah is urgently reminding the people Israel – and us too! – that every good thing we have, every blessing we receive, all of it comes from the Lord God Almighty.  Israel was trying to find blessing in the strange gods of the peoples around them, forging alliances with… Continue reading Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We’ve had these parables about the Kingdom of Heaven a bunch lately.  At Sunday Mass over the past few weeks, and we’re now working through them at daily Mass.  One thing we can say about them is that they are head-scratchers for sure!  I am sure we can all understand how the people… Continue reading Monday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Think about it.  God comes to you in a dream and says that you can have anything you want—just one thing, though.  It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  What would you ask for?  What is that one thing you’d give anything to have? God already knew what Solomon was going to ask for; he already knew that what Solomon wanted was… Continue reading The Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saint James, Apostle

Today’s readings “Can you drink the chalice of which I am going to drink?” What does that even mean for us?  We know what Jesus’ chalice was like: it led him through sorrow, and abandonment, and ultimately to the cross.  If we have ever been in a situation in which we have felt intense grief, or felt… Continue reading Saint James, Apostle

Friday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

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Today’s readings This morning’s Gospel passage is the explanation of the parable of the seed and the sower, which we heard on Wednesday morning (and, for that matter, two Sundays ago).  What we quickly find out is that the parable is all about us.  Clearly the ideal is the good soil which produces much fruit, and just… Continue reading Friday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today I want to talk about the way we worship.  And I’m not talking about wearing a mask, or social distancing, or even the rudimentary parts of worship like genuflecting or singing or observing silence, as important as those things are.  In fact, I’m not talking about worship in the sense of what… Continue reading The Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Todays’ readings I’m not very good at it, and I don’t do it much any more, but I used to help plant a family garden.  I don’t have much of a green thumb, and I’m short on patience for that kind of thing, so for me it just doesn’t work out very well.  But I’m grateful for… Continue reading The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saint Benedict, Abbot, Founder of Western Monasticism

Today’s readingsRule of Saint Benedict It is with great fondness that I observe this feast of St. Benedict the abbot, and father of western monasticism.  My own Benedictine roots stem from my college days at Benedictine University in Lisle (which was then called Illinois Benedictine College), and I have a deep fondness for the monks of… Continue reading Saint Benedict, Abbot, Founder of Western Monasticism

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