The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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Today’s readings In a lot of ways, this is a strange feast we are celebrating today. Think about it. This is the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which in Jesus’ day would have been as big an oxymoron as one could possibly imagine. No cross would ever have been thought exalted in that day.  That’s… Continue reading The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time: Votive Mass of the Precious Blood of Jesus

Today’s readings God’s blessings aren’t always things that might spring to mind when we think of blessings we would like.  For example, we might not think that those who are meek and those who mourn are blessed.  And we certainly wouldn’t celebrate the blessings of those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, would… Continue reading Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time: Votive Mass of the Precious Blood of Jesus

The Presentation of the Lord

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the traditional end of the Christmas season with this feast of the Presentation of the Lord.  The current liturgical end of the Christmas season was back on January 10th, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.  But the older tradition reflected what we have seen in the readings for the Sundays… Continue reading The Presentation of the Lord

The Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One of my jobs before I went to seminary was in the sales department of a computer supply company.  In that job, they taught us that one of the first good rules of sales was never to ask a question to which you didn’t already know the answer.  I think teachers get taught that principle… Continue reading The Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Transfiguration of the Lord

Today’s readings When I was in Israel last fall, we were able to visit Mount Tabor, the traditional site of the transfiguration of the Lord, the feast we celebrate today.  We went up several mountains on that pilgrimage, and the thing about being on top of a mountain is that it’s like you can see everything.  And… Continue reading The Transfiguration of the Lord

The Presentation of the Lord

Today’s readings Who is this king of glory?The Lord of hosts; he is the king of glory. Today we celebrate the traditional end of the Christmas season with this feast of the Presentation of the Lord.  The current liturgical end of the Christmas season was back on January 12th, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.  But the… Continue reading The Presentation of the Lord

The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time: Sunday of the Word of God

Today’s ReadingsPope Francis’s “motu proprio” APERUIT ILLIS, instituting the Sunday of the Word of God About fifteen years ago now, my home parish put on a production of the musical Godspell, and somehow I found myself part of the cast.  If you’ve ever seen the musical, you know that it is based on the Gospel of Matthew,… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time: Sunday of the Word of God

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Today’s readings I wonder if this solemnity of Christ the King is one to which many people can relate.  In our American society, so many people don’t recognize or accept any authority outside of their own personal opinion of what is okay, let alone grasp the concept of a monarchical, top-down method of government. And… Continue reading Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

The Transfiguration of the Lord

Today’s readings 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 that’s true of us, we shouldn’t feel too bad: it’s clear… Continue reading The Transfiguration of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord

Today’s readings Today, we celebrate a feast that is commemorated in the first Luminous Mystery of the Rosary.  The Luminous Mysteries were popularized by Saint John Paul II, and illustrate the various ways that Christ’s nature and the purpose of his coming were revealed to us.  That is, they are luminous mysteries because they shed light on… Continue reading The Baptism of the Lord