Saint Irenaeus, Bishop, Doctor, and Martyr

When a person faces opposition from erroneous ideology, there is a difference between refutation or winning an argument and correction. It might even be fair to say that many people are up to the task of winning an argument, but it takes a saint to be content with correction. Certainly that can be seen quite… Continue reading Saint Irenaeus, Bishop, Doctor, and Martyr

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Today’s readings Perhaps the most distinctive aspect of Catholic worship is our celebration of the Eucharist.  We state very strongly that it’s not just a symbol, not just a nice memory.  It is the actual Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord.  We know that we are spiritually in the presence of our… Continue reading The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Monday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time – Presidents’ Day

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Today’s readings So the disciples are waiting for Jesus to come down the mountain after the Transfiguration.  They have attempted to cure a man’s son from the hold of a demon, but they were apparently unable to do so.  This seems to have led to an argument between them and the scribes.  You can almost… Continue reading Monday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time – Presidents’ Day

The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Complete Reversal!

Today’s readings So what’s wrong with being rich, full and not hungry, laughing, and having people speak well of you?  After all, God told us to go forth and fill the earth and subdue it, so attaining riches is really just the realization of that, right?  And constantly being hungry is unpleasant, and even unhealthy. … Continue reading The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Complete Reversal!

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time: Right Worship

Today’s readings Today’s readings are a call to right worship, to righteousness, or right relationship with God and others.  Worship of God, properly understood and properly performed, does not allow singing and praying and invoking God’s name in church and then cursing at someone in the parking lot, or even sending a tersely-written email the… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time: Right Worship

The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Put Out Into Deep Water

Today’s readings “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” A command to do something, and a promise – that  is what happens in this early interaction Simon Peter has with Jesus.  And it had to be exasperating for Simon, because, as he says, they’ve been hard at it all night… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Put Out Into Deep Water

Friday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readingsMass for the school children. The readings for daily Mass usually follow in a series.  So we read from a certain book of the Bible for a while, and then we move on to another one for a while.  So for the last couple of weeks, we have been listening to the story of… Continue reading Friday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

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Today’s readings There’s a little line in the Gospel reading that could pass us right by, or at least puzzle us to the extent that we forget it and move on.  But I don’t think we should.  That line is: “Take care what you hear.”  It closely follows Jesus’ other hearing-related line: “Everyone who has… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Agnes, Virgin Martyr

Today’s readings There are a lot of saints in today’s Mass, but then, honestly, there always are.  Father John and I have an ongoing joke, that when one of us has the early 6:30 Mass, we say to the other, “I woke up the angels and saints for you.”  Now, obviously the angels and saints… Continue reading Saint Agnes, Virgin Martyr

The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So we’ve taken down most of the Christmas decorations, and we won’t see the poinsettias and manger until next year.  Yet we’re not quite done with the Christmas season in the Church.  Traditionally, some aspects of Christmas joy and amazement remain in our Liturgy through February 2nd, the feast of the Presentation of… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

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