Friday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Jesus was always on the lookout for people who needed healing.  The ones we hear about in the Gospel stories, like the one we just heard today, were needs for physical healing, sure, but the stories also tell us about the need for spiritual healing.  Sometimes our bodies are sick, but sometimes our souls are… Continue reading Friday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The injunction for wives to be submissive to their husbands, given in our first reading, certainly offends our modern ears.  That’s just not the kind of thing we say in this society, at least not in these days.  Yet this was the norm in the society in which Saint Paul ministered.  So that command would hardly… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Mike was one of my favorite people in the world.  He owned the service station where my family had, and still has, our cars repaired and maintained ever since we first moved out to the suburbs, almost forty years ago now.  Dad used to joke that with all the cars we brought in there over… Continue reading The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings People often don’t really get who Jesus was and what he came to do.  So many people think it’s the “kumbaya” kind of love and harmony.  They would assert that Jesus was all about being peaceful and accepting.  But saying that is really misunderstanding Jesus and who he was and what he came to accomplish. Because… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests and Martyrs, & Companions, Martyrs

V0032209 Martyrdom of Father Isaac Jogues S.J. Engraving by A. Malaer Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Martyrdom of Father Isaac Jogues S.J. Engraving by A. Malaer after A. van Diepenbeck. Published: - Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Ministry in a culture that is hostile to the faith seems to be a theme of every age and place.  It takes different forms in different places and times, but there is always some hostility to the faith that needs to be fought.  We certainly see this in our own day, when the mere mention of the… Continue reading Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests and Martyrs, & Companions, Martyrs

The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Homecoming Mass for Benedictine University

Today’s readings Well, I would like to welcome all of you home to Benedictine University for Homecoming 2020.  Except, of course, that we aren’t at our “home”: we are celebrating this Mass at my parish, Saint Mary Immaculate in Plainfield, Illinois, a little over twenty miles south and west of the Lisle campus of Benedictine.  And, most… Continue reading The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Homecoming Mass for Benedictine University

Saint Teresa of Avila (Saint Teresa of Jesus), Virgin, Mystic, Doctor of the Church

Today’s readings: Romans 8:22-27 | Psalm 19:8-11 | John 15:1-8 Today we have the joyful memorial of Saint Teresa of Avila, also known as Saint Teresa of Jesus (but not to be confused with Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, also known as Saint Therese of Liseaux, whose memorial was earlier this month!).  Saint Teresa was… Continue reading Saint Teresa of Avila (Saint Teresa of Jesus), Virgin, Mystic, Doctor of the Church

Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Let your mercy come to me, O Lord.” I love that there were short verses for the psalm today, and we got to repeat this refrain from the Psalmist over and over.  If you think about it, and if you really enter into it, it becomes a kind of mantra, a way to… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings If this isn’t a difficult Gospel passage to understand, I don’t think there is one!  What are we to make of such a convoluted story?  Surely we are not supposed to think that the king is God, are we?  I mean, why would Scripture portray God in such a terrible manner?  Do we want to believe in… Continue reading The Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” In today’s gospel reading, Jesus has just been given a great complement and he responds to it kind of brusquely, or at least it seems that way.  Earlier in this eleventh chapter of Luke, Jesus has taught the disciples to pray, teaching… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time