The Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings When I was in seminary, I had a Scripture professor who, when someone would make an insightful comment or answer a question correctly, would exclaim, quoting Jesus in today’s Gospel reading, “You are not far from the kingdom of God!”  That comment, made to the scribe at the end of the reading, is… Continue reading The Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It could have been jealousy.  Or maybe they just felt threatened.  Either way, the Pharisees had lost sight of the mission. You could see how they would have been jealous: here they are working long and hard to take care of the many prescripts of their religion, attending with exacting detail to the… Continue reading Friday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Today’s readings There’s a great scene in one of my favorite movies, “The Princess Bride,” when Vizzini and Inigo Montoya are sword fighting, and Vizzini keeps using the word “inconceivable.”  After a while, Inigo says, “You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.”  Well, today we celebrate the feast of… Continue reading Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Fall is a season where we really see a lot of change, especially in our region.  Leaves are changing, the air is getting cooler, the hours of sunlight are rapidly diminishing.  It makes us grateful for the bits of life that we still see, because we know that the winter is coming and… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings At the heart of today’s Gospel reading is the question of whether we as disciples of Jesus are willing to go where he’s leading us.  Much could be said about the posturing of James and John to get the good seats in the kingdom.  But as Jesus tells them, they didn’t even know what they… Continue reading The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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

Mass for the school children. Today we celebrate the memorial of Saint Teresa of Avila, also known as Saint Teresa of Jesus.  Saint Teresa was a mystic, one who had deep experiences of prayer that enabled her to have visions.  She was known to have a very deep relationship with Jesus.  She once wrote, “We need no wings… Continue reading Saint Teresa of Avila (Teresa of Jesus), Virgin, Mystic, and Doctor of the Church

Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It certainly seems like Jesus was being a little harsh with the people in today’s Gospel reading.  They weren’t even alive, most likely, when the prophets were killed.  But the prophets were, indeed, killed by their ancestors, and now they are building memorials to those prophets, while still ignoring the prophets’ message. And… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Like many of you, when I take a vacation somewhere with natural beauty, I am always amazed at it.  For several years, my family used to vacation up in Wisconsin, on the shore of Lake Michigan.  I was always in awe to see the sun rise over the lake, or after a rain, to see… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Pope Saint John XXIII

The firstborn son of a farming family in Sotto il Monte, near Bergamo in northern Italy, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was always proud of his down-to-earth roots.  After his ordination in 1904, Fr. Roncalli returned to Rome for canon law studies.  He soon worked as his bishop’s secretary, Church history teacher in the seminary, and as… Continue reading Pope Saint John XXIII

The Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s gospel reading is a rather heartbreaking story, to be honest.  The rich young man is obviously a follower of the law and a religious man, because he is able to talk to Jesus about his observance of the law.  But when Jesus tells him to let go of what he has in… Continue reading The Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time