Monday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I think much of the reason people don’t preach the Gospel to others is because they think whatever they say or do has to be flashy, has to be as big as God is.  But that never works because God is always bigger!  Proclaiming the Gospel, at its core, is and always should… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Here’s something I want you to remember today, and cling to in your spiritual life: We can’t do anything good in our spiritual lives all by ourselves.  We can’t be perfect disciples all by ourselves.  We can’t bring other people to Jesus all by ourselves.  We can’t overcome sin in our lives all by ourselves.  We can’t… Continue reading The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Liturgy of Remembrance: Plainfield Tornado

Today’s readings: 2 Corinthians 4:14-5:1 | Psalm 23 | Mark 4:35-41 It’s easy to understand how the disciples on the boat were worried, even panicking.  They’re in a boat, in the middle of the sea, and it’s a dark night, and a storm whips up, and their beloved leader is sleeping.  One wonders how he could sleep… Continue reading Liturgy of Remembrance: Plainfield Tornado

Saint Monica

I hope we all know someone in our lives that is a fervent, persistent prayer warrior.  Because we all need people like that who pray for us, especially in bad or trying times.  We very likely have some people like that here in church today.  I know that the persistent prayer warriors in my life… Continue reading Saint Monica

Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Pay attention.  Keep your eye on the ball.  Don’t ignore the forest for the trees.  Don’t sweat the small stuff.  However you want to say it, our Liturgy of the Word today is asking us, as it often, rightly, does, to get things right and stay in the game. In our first reading today, Saint Paul tells… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the feast of a Saint Bartholomew the Apostle, who is referred to in the a Gospel reading we just heard, as Nathanael.  Nathanael – or Bartholomew, take your pick – is singled out of the crowd by Jesus. Nathanael is surprised at what Jesus says about him: “Here is a… Continue reading Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

The Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One of my jobs before I went to seminary was in the sales department of a computer supply company.  In that job, they taught us that one of the first good rules of sales was never to ask a question to which you didn’t already know the answer.  I think teachers get taught that principle… Continue reading The Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Mass of the Holy Spirit

Today, we celebrated a Mass of the Holy Spirit as we begin our school year. Today’s readings I’m so glad to welcome all of our students back to school this year!  It’s wonderful to see your faces again, at least from the mask up!  We missed you so much for the last six months.  I was able to… Continue reading Mass of the Holy Spirit

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

Today’s readings Learning to follow the path of perfection is the most important goal of the spiritual life.  How do we get our relationship with God right so that we can live with him forever in heaven?  That was certainly the goal of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, whose feast we celebrate today. In the year… Continue reading Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

The Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel is a very interesting one.  And I say that in the sense that it is often the kind of Gospel reading that gets people riled up.  Because we can probably agree that this vignette portrays Jesus in a rather unflattering light.  Was he really going to snub this poor woman’s request?  Was he really going… Continue reading The Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time