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 My absolute favorite line from this Gospel reading is, “Then he put them all out.”  I can just imagine Jesus going into the house, encountering the mourners, seeing the lack of faith in all of them, and saying “Go on!  Get outta here!  I’ve got work to do!”  Or at least that’s how I’d say it! It… Continue reading The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Birth of Isaac used courtesy gospelimages.com

Today’s readings There’s quite a bit of laughing and astonishment in today’s Liturgy of the Word, and I like it! “Lord, if you wish you can make me clean.”  In some ways, that is the biggest understatement in all of Scripture.  Of course God can make him clean, God can do anything God wants to do.  But for… Continue reading Friday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s readings Today we celebrate a feast that is a bit unusual for us.  When we celebrate a saint’s day, it is usually celebrated on the feast of their death, not their birth.  But today we celebrate the birth of a saint, Saint John the Baptist, and the fact that we’re celebrating his birth points… Continue reading The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Tuesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Listen to those words of Jesus again: “Enter through the narrow gate;for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,and those who enter through it are many.How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.And those who find it are few.” Those are pretty challenging thoughts,… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time (Beginning of Vacation Bible School)

Today’s readings God is absolutely, always, faithful to his promises. In our first reading tonight, God makes a promise to Abram, later to be called Abraham.  God calls on him to make an act of faith and go to a foreign land to become a great nation.  This would be a great miracle, because Abram… Continue reading Monday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time (Beginning of Vacation Bible School)

Friday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It amazes me when I think about all that the early Church had to go through and put up with. Saint Paul writes that he put up with persecution from all sides: from his own people as well as the Gentiles. He was beaten often, endured hazardous journeys and perilous weather, as well… Continue reading Friday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

The Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I really don’t have a green thumb, but for a while when I was young, I was very interested in growing things.  My grandmother on my dad’s side had quite the green thumb: anything she planted grew to be quite prolific.  I have whatever the opposite of that is!  But still, I have… Continue reading The Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time: Votive Mass of the Precious Blood of Jesus

Today’s readings God’s blessings aren’t always things that might spring to mind when we think of blessings we would like.  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… Continue reading Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time: Votive Mass of the Precious Blood of Jesus

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Today’s readings Today we celebrate with great joy one of the most wonderful feasts on our Church calendar, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  Through this greatest of all gifts, we have been made one with our God who loves his people beyond all imagining.  We experience this love in perhaps one of… Continue reading The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ