Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings This feels like a little bit of deja-vu for me, because I just did a video lesson on holy water for the school kids yesterday.  Water is so important to us, and we see a lot of water in these readings.  Water refreshes us, sustains us, cleans us.  And people are saying that drinking water, if… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

The Baptism of Our Lord

Today’s readings I think we have to be a little bit careful about how we read and hear today’s readings.  We’re still in the Christmas season – at the end of it, actually – and, more precisely, we’re at the octave day of the Epiphany of the Lord, which we celebrated last week, in which we… Continue reading The Baptism of Our Lord

The Fourth Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny II

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy is all about vision and sight and light and darkness.  All of these, dear friends, are things that we certainly take for granted.  Think about it: we don’t appreciate the gift of light until that dark and stormy night when the electricity goes out and we’re fumbling around in the darkness… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny II

The Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Baptism at Mass

Today’s readings Today’s readings about the two widows highlight the plight of widows in the ancient world. Without a husband, they would necessarily depend on their sons to help provide for them and keep them safe, and so when these two sons died, the widow was vulnerable and very likely would become destitute. But Elijah… Continue reading The Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Baptism at Mass

The Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I have to say, when the Scriptures talk about prayer, I get a little uneasy. Not because I don’t like to pray, or think prayer is a bad thing. But more because I think mostly we misunderstand prayer, and usually a brief mention in the readings can do more harm than good. This… Continue reading The Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings For each of the deadly sins, there is also a life-giving virtue.  Today, our readings focus on humility, which is the life-giving virtue that is the antidote to pride.  Of the seven deadly sins, pride is usually considered the original and the most serious of the sins.  Pride was the sin that caused… Continue reading The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Tonight’s readings Dear Brothers and Sisters, how good it feels to say “Alleluia” tonight!  Ever since we put the acclamation of our Resurrection joy away some forty days ago, we have been yearning for the opportunity to celebrate, once again, the fullness of our salvation.  And this is the night!  This is the night when… Continue reading The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

The Baptism of the Lord

Today’s readings Do you know the date of your baptism?  I know the month of mine, but have to admit I’m not really sure about the date.  But when was the last time you even thought about your baptism?  Most of us don’t remember much about our baptism day, having been to young for it… Continue reading The Baptism of the Lord

Third Sunday of Lent [Scrutiny I]

Today’s readings NB: This homily is based on the readings from cycle A, which was read just for the Mass of the Scrutiny. Last year about this time, I got the flu – bad.  It was one of those rare occasions when I was so sick, I couldn’t even get out of bed.  I had… Continue reading Third Sunday of Lent [Scrutiny I]

The Baptism of the Lord

Today’s readings Let’s reflect on two things today: the violence and the voice. First, the violence.  Back on the first Sunday of Advent we read from the book of the prophet Isaiah.  That particular reading was focusing on how bad things had become.  People were cheating one another, especially the poor and the powerless.  Corruption… Continue reading The Baptism of the Lord