The Third Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny I)

Today’s readingsNote: At this Mass, we were celebrating the First Scrutiny with the Elect preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil, so readings from Cycle A were used, as per the Rite. We have with us today, three young people who are seeking to receive the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist, at… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny I)

Friday of the Second Week of Lent (School Mass)

Today’s readings Today’s two readings remind us of what Lent is all about.  During Lent, we remember that our Lord, who came down from heaven to earth to save us from our sins and re-connect us with the love of God, our Lord paid the price for our many sins by laying down his own… Continue reading Friday of the Second Week of Lent (School Mass)

Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings Someone reminded me that last year, I proclaimed that Lent to be the “Lentiest Lent that ever Lented!”  Certainly we have just been through a very Lenty year, with the specter of a pandemic, the sadness of racial injustice and social unrest, the frustration of political rancor, and all the rest.  The arrival of Lent… Continue reading Ash Wednesday

Holy Hour: Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Reading: Matthew 14:22-33 Why did you doubt? This is one of those Saint Peter stories in the Gospel that sometimes causes preachers to give Saint Peter a hard time about his “little faith.”  I think Saint Peter displayed great faith here, although with an admittedly somewhat-rocky execution.  And I think this wonderful little story – one of… Continue reading Holy Hour: Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings I love the readings we have today!  Susanna’s story is one of the most eloquent in the Old Testament Scriptures: in it we see the wisdom of the prophet Daniel, as well as the mercy and justice of God.  This story is certainly echoed in our Gospel reading about the acquittal of the woman caught… Continue reading Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

The Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings This weekend’s homily is brief, because I’m also talking about our capital campaign. I think it’s very important for us to realize that we are not at home in this world, wherever we are.  We are always travelers until we reach heaven, which is our true home.  I remember on the last day of my… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Lent

The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Cycle C Readings)

Today’s readings Back in the sixth century before the birth of Christ, the Israelites were in a bad way.  They had been separated from their God by sin: against God’s commands, they had betrayed their covenant with the Lord and made foreign alliances, which he had forbidden them to do.  He forbade this because he knew that… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Cycle C Readings)

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings There’s a lot of talk about water in these readings today, and when that happens, we know that it means the talk is really about baptism. We ourselves are the sick and lame man who needed Jesus’ help to get into the waters of Bethesda. The name “Bethesda” means “house of mercy” in… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings If we take one thought out of Lent, it should be this: we need a Savior. Even before Jesus’ time, Esther knew this. Esther’s adoptive father Mordecai was a deeply religious man. His devotion incurred the wrath of Haman the Agagite, who was a court official of King Ahasuerus of Persia. Mordecai refused… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Monday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. People often balk at the mere suggestion of being called to personal holiness.  Oftentimes, this is wrapped up in a misplaced and false humility, that kind of humility that says that since I’m good for nothing, and so there is no way I… Continue reading Monday of the First Week of Lent