Tuesday of Holy Week

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reading always leaves me with a chill running down my spine.  Those four words: “And it was night” grab me every time.  These are the words that come just after Judas takes the morsel and leaves the gathering.  But let’s be clear: the evangelist didn’t include those words to tell us… Continue reading Tuesday of Holy Week

Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord

Today’s readings Palm Sunday is, quite honestly, a feast with a bit of a split personality. We start out on a seemingly triumphant note.  Jesus enters Jerusalem, the Holy City, and the center of the Jewish religion; the city he has been journeying toward throughout the gospel narrative, and he enters it to the adulation of… Continue reading Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord

The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny III/Cycle A Readings)

Today’s readings “Lord, by now there will be a stench.” That’s one of my favorite lines in scripture.  It begs the question I want you to pray about this week, which is this: “What in your life really stinks?”  Because we have to have that stench washed away in order to really live. If you… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny III/Cycle A Readings)

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… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Cycle C Readings)

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Sometimes it’s hard for things to get through to us, isn’t it?  Father John posted a quote from Mark Twain earlier this week that said, “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”  It’s true; it’s always been that way, apparently.  One of my friends in seminary… Continue reading Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Water is so important to us, and we see a lot of water in these readings.  Water refreshes us, sustains us, cleans us.  And when the readings talk so much about water, what we are being led to is a reflection on baptism.  We ourselves are the sick and lame man who needed Jesus’ help to… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s readings This week, the Scriptures have been warning us not to avoid the truth.  Today is no exception.  Today we see that the way we tend to avoid truth is often through obfuscation, trying to confuse the facts.  It’s a case of “the best defense is a good offense,” where we attack the truth… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s readings The book of Daniel the Prophet is one of my favorite books of Scripture. If you haven’t read that book, that would be a great one to take in during Lent. It won’t take terribly long, but be sure you read it from a Catholic edition of the Bible because other editions won’t… Continue reading Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

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, paid the price for our many sins by laying down his own life.  And… Continue reading Friday of the Second Week of Lent

The Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings Sleep is a wonderful thing for living beings.  It renews and refreshes us, and enables to take on the day ahead.  For those who are sick, sleep helps the healing process.  Very often my chiropractor will ask me if I’m getting enough sleep (which is usually “no”).  In the spiritual life, God often… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Lent

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