The Ascension of the Lord

Today’s readings For the early Apostles and disciples, today’s feast had to be a kind of “now what?” experience for them. Think about what they’ve been through. Their Lord had been betrayed by one of their friends, he had been through a farce of a trial and put to death in a horrible, ignoble way,… Continue reading The Ascension of the Lord

Of Movember, Pink Ribbons, Saint Baldrick’s and Reverence for Life

This post is my bulletin column for this week. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   Some years ago, it was popular to do the “ice bucket challenge” in order to raise funds for ALS, popularly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  Many of my friends on social media were taking up the challenge, and I… Continue reading Of Movember, Pink Ribbons, Saint Baldrick’s and Reverence for Life

Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time [B] – Respect Life Sunday

Today’s readings If you’ve been to any number of Church weddings, you have probably heard today’s first reading, and part of the Gospel proclaimed.  Obviously we usually leave out the part about divorce, but these readings are quite popular for weddings.  The reason, of course, is that the story is about how man and woman… Continue reading Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time [B] – Respect Life Sunday

Monday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time: Respect Life

Yesterday was the 39th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that in effect legalized abortion in the United States.  The Church teaches us that abortion is a violation of the fifth commandment, which states: “Thou shall not kill.”  Participation in an abortion – which includes having one, paying for one, encouraging one, performing one,… Continue reading Monday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time: Respect Life

The Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time: Respect Life Sunday

Today’s readings How wonderful are the words we hear in today’s Gospel! “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” This raises important questions for us: how deep is our faith? What have we… Continue reading The Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time: Respect Life Sunday

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time – Respect Life

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy of the Word is kind of a homily about the Liturgy of the Word.  We hear in the readings about how powerful the Word of God is, and what an important part of our lives hearing those words is for those who believe.  Our first reading and our gospel reading both… Continue reading Third Sunday of Ordinary Time – Respect Life

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.  But when Jesus tells him to let go of what he has in order to gain… Continue reading Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It would probably come as no surprise to you that today’s first reading and a part of the Gospel were read at the wedding I celebrated yesterday.  Obviously we left out the part about divorce, but these readings are quite popular for weddings.  The reason, of course, is that the story is about… Continue reading Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time