Memorial Day

Today’s readings: James 3:13-18; Psalm 72; Matthew 5:38-48 I was talking to one of our parishioners today who is on a local board that, among other things, hires police officers for their municipality. He was telling me how hard it is to find qualified people willing to serve these days. I wasn’t surprised to hear… Continue reading Memorial Day

Memorial of 9-11-01

Today’s readings I think many of us will never forget where we were eight years ago today.  People say that about the day that President Kennedy died, or the day when the space shuttle Challenger exploded.  But in a particular way, I think we will never forget September 11, 2001, because it was a day… Continue reading Memorial of 9-11-01

St. Martin of Tours / Veterans’ Day

Today’s readings “The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.” St. Martin of Tours is a fitting saint to intercede for veterans today. He himself was a soldier and served his country faithfully. After a time, he asked for and received release from military service. He had become a catechumen, and said to his… Continue reading St. Martin of Tours / Veterans’ Day

32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time: We never see the widow

Today’s readings The thing is, we never see the widow. There are widows in both the first reading and today’s Gospel and neither story describes the widow. We don’t know what she’s wearing, if she’s tall or short, nothing at all about how she looked or anything. That’s pretty typical of most Scripture passages; we… Continue reading 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time: We never see the widow

St. Martin of Tours and Veterans Day

Today’s readings | Today’s feast “Blessed is the one who fears the Lord.” St. Martin of Tours is a fitting saint to intercede for veterans today. He himself was a soldier and served his country faithfully. After a time, he asked for and received release from military service. He had become a catechumen, and said… Continue reading St. Martin of Tours and Veterans Day

Anniversary of 9/11 Memorial Mass

Readings: James 4:1-10 | Psalm 23 | Matthew 5:2-24 Tragedy has a way of freezing time for us, of creating a kind of horrible snapshot that we’ll never forget, no matter how hard we try. Growing up, people always used to say that they’d always remember where they were when John F. Kennedy was shot.… Continue reading Anniversary of 9/11 Memorial Mass

The Transfiguration of the Lord: Listen to him.

Today's readings "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him." This feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord can be a puzzling one for us to understand. It's an event we've heard about in Gospel readings, but it's not something that we've ever seen. So it's hard, I think, for us to figure out. If… Continue reading The Transfiguration of the Lord: Listen to him.