Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It certainly seems like Jesus was being a little harsh with the people in today’s Gospel reading.  They weren’t even alive, most likely, when the prophets were killed.  But the prophets were, indeed, killed by their ancestors, and now they are building memorials to those prophets, while still ignoring the prophets’ message. And… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Like many of you, when I take a vacation somewhere with natural beauty, I am always amazed at it.  For several years, my family used to vacation up in Wisconsin, on the shore of Lake Michigan.  I was always in awe to see the sun rise over the lake, or after a rain, to see… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

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

Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I love that Jesus uses that phrase “the finger of God.”  If things are done by “the finger of God,” it shows a God who is active in our world and interested in our well-being.  It can be hard, sometimes, to see that.  We get caught up in all the complexities and tragedies of daily life.  But… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Try as we might for perfection in our journey of faith, we all of us stumble and fall sometimes.  That’s just the way, unfortunately, it is in this fallen world.  But that being the case, we have in our Liturgy of the Word this morning some saints who can accompany us on this… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

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 The Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Would that all the people of the LORD were prophets! Would that the LORD might bestow his spirit on them all! When we think about prophets and prophecy, I think our minds always take us to ancient days.  All the prophets we tend to think about lived many centuries ago: Moses, Elijah, Jeremiah,… Continue reading The Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

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Today’s readings We’ve all heard this gospel parable about the sower and the seeds dozens of times. We know, then, that the seeds are the Word of God: not just some words, but Word with a capital “W,” which is Jesus himself, God’s eternal Word, spoken to bring life to a world dead in sin. … Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings are a kind of blueprint for the life of the disciple.  We see that those who surrounded Jesus as his core group were but a few selected people.  We have the Twelve, of course, but also some women.  Common to all of them is that nowadays we would probably not see… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

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