Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Today’s readings We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered. That is the proper entrance antiphon, also known as the introit, for this Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  It is taken from Paul’s letter to the… Continue reading Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings Today’s brief Gospel reading begins with the wonderful line, “My sheep hear my voice.” However, I have two problems with that. First, who wants to be compared to sheep? Sheep are not the brightest of animals, and they must remain in their flock to defend themselves against even the most innocuous of predators.… Continue reading Fourth Sunday of Easter

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

Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today's readings [display_podcast] So Jesus goes over to Matthew, who, at that time, was anything but a saint.  He was sitting at the customs post, collecting the required taxes.  He was a Jew acting as a representative of the Roman occupation government.  He didn’t have a fan club, to say the least.  It wasn’t just… Continue reading Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Fourth Sunday of Easter: Following the Good Shepherd

Today's readings [display_podcast] Every year on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, we celebrate “Good Shepherd Sunday.”  And every year on this Sunday, I protest inwardly about how awful it is to be compared to sheep!  I think a lot of priests look forward to preaching on this day, but for me the analogy just doesn’t… Continue reading Fourth Sunday of Easter: Following the Good Shepherd

Fourth Sunday of Easter: World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Today’s readings Today’s brief Gospel reading begins with the wonderful line, “My sheep hear my voice.” However, I have two problems with that. First, who wants to be compared to sheep? Sheep are not the brightest of animals, and they must remain in their flock to defend themselves against even the most innocuous of predators.… Continue reading Fourth Sunday of Easter: World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Monday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time: The transforming power of vocations

Today's readings The vocational call is a call that is not about me, not about you, but only about the God who makes the call. Just as the ancient high priests that the author of our first reading speaks about did not take that honor upon themselves, and just as even Jesus did not take… Continue reading Monday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time: The transforming power of vocations