The Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings What would you give up for love? That’s the question I want us to focus on today because I think it is, perhaps, the question of the spiritual life.  What is it that we are willing to give up for love?  And I’ll be honest: this set of readings gets me every time,… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Lent

Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings If we take one thought out of Lent, it should be this: we need a Savior. Even before Jesus’ time, Esther knew this.  Esther’s adoptive father Mordecai was a deeply religious man.  His devotion incurred the wrath of Haman the Agagite, who was a court official of King Ahasuerus of Persia.  Mordecai refused… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.” That’s advice I wish I’d taken sometimes when I’ve been coming down with something and think, “oh, it’ll pass.”  The sick need a physician!  How often have we had what we thought was a little cold or seasonal illness end up being… Continue reading Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings Someone reminded me that last year, I proclaimed that Lent to be the “Lentiest Lent that ever Lented!”  Certainly we have just been through a very Lenty year, with the specter of a pandemic, the sadness of racial injustice and social unrest, the frustration of political rancor, and all the rest.  The arrival of Lent… Continue reading Ash Wednesday

Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings What strikes me about these readings is that they speak of the fact that we, with our limited human minds and imaginations, often don’t get God. Even those of us who are people of strong faith often miss what God is trying to do in us and among us. Which puts us in… Continue reading Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In ancient days, a diagnosis of leprosy was a death sentence.  And that’s not just because they didn’t know how to treat the disease.  They didn’t – but what was really horrible is the way the lepers were treated.  First of all, they were called lepers – not people – so being labeled… Continue reading The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In today’s readings we have two different ways of approaching God, with two different outcomes.  In our first reading, we have the story of the fall of humanity from Genesis, the first book in the Bible.  Over the past week, we have heard the stories of creation: how God created the world, the… Continue reading Friday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Recognizing goodness in the world is an art form that brings happiness.  Too often in our day to day life, we run into others, and maybe it’s even ourselves, who seem to live to find fault with just about everything and everyone.  And sometimes it’s understandable: life is hard, and some days the… Continue reading Monday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It doesn’t take too much of our imagination to think of examples of suffering, having been through the last year of our lives.  All of us can probably think of someone we know who has suffered from COVID-19, or at least the scare of it, and many of us know of those who… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saints Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

We have been hearing from the martyrs a lot recently.  On Wednesday, we remembered Saint Blaise, a bishop and martyr who is the patron saint of those with illnesses, specifically of the throat.  Yesterday, we remembered Saint Agatha, a virgin and martyr who was put to death in the third century.  Today we remember Saint… Continue reading Saints Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs