The Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time: Respect Life Sunday

Today’s readings How wonderful are the words we hear in today’s Gospel! “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” This raises important questions for us: how deep is our faith? What have we… Continue reading The Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time: Respect Life Sunday

The Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time: It’s All About Mercy

Today’s readings Mercy.  It’s all about mercy – thank God. Maybe at some point in your life you’ve heard that little accusatory voice in your head, or maybe even in your ears from someone else.  It might have said something like, “You’re a sinner, how can you sit there in church?”  “Don’t tell me how… Continue reading The Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time: It’s All About Mercy

Saturday of the Twenty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command?” Those words have to be among those that cut deepest in scripture.  Because we are all comfortable coming to Mass and calling on the Lord, aren’t we?  We are very wont to call on the Lord for help in time… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-third Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings For those of us who would be disciples of our Lord, we have to be willing to ruthlessly destroy everything that gets in the way of our discipleship. Jesus tells us some things about discipleship today that, quite honestly, I think might make a person think twice about becoming a disciple.  The first… Continue reading The Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Every now and then it’s a good idea to reflect on virtues.  Virtues don’t get enough play in our society these days.  More often, we hear of taking care of ourselves, doing whatever makes us happy, that kind of thing. The virtues definitely counsel against that kind of self-absorption, but frankly, the virtues… Continue reading The Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I think it’s easy to be dismayed at where the world is these days.  Political candidates and politicians on both sides of the aisle are disappointing at best.  The pro-abortion vitriol is vicious and hateful.  Violence in our cities, schools, and public spaces is constant.  Public sin and our own private sin beat… Continue reading The Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings speak to us about remaining in relationship with God.  In the first reading, Nahum prophesies that Israel’s subjection to Nineveh will not stand.  God will deliver them and watch over them, but notice the command he gives them to fulfill: Celebrate your feasts, O Judah,fulfill your vows!For nevermore shall you be… Continue reading Thursday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reading is one of my favorites.  Truthfully, though, it always makes me a little uncomfortable.  Which is what it’s supposed to do.  This Gospel wants us to get out of the boat, too. We can tend to give Saint Peter a lot of grief over this incident.  If he was able… Continue reading Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings At first glance, it all seems so simple, doesn’t it? “Go and do likewise.” Easy enough. But when a command like “go and do likewise” comes at the end of one of Jesus’ parables, we really ought to suspect it’s going to stretch us a little bit, and today is no exception. So… Continue reading The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I think it’s amazing to let your imagination wander to this vision that the prophet Isaiah had in today’s first reading.  Looking upon God in all God’s glory would be awe-inspiring, perhaps even terrifying.  Seeing that, Isaiah is inspired to do a kind of examination of conscience, where he sees how sinful and… Continue reading Saturday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

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