Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings What strikes me about these readings is that they speak of the fact that we, with our limited human minds and imaginations, often don’t get God. Even those of us who are people of strong faith often miss what God is trying to do in us and among us. Which puts us in… Continue reading Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In ancient days, a diagnosis of leprosy was a death sentence.  And that’s not just because they didn’t know how to treat the disease.  They didn’t – but what was really horrible is the way the lepers were treated.  First of all, they were called lepers – not people – so being labeled… Continue reading The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In today’s readings we have two different ways of approaching God, with two different outcomes.  In our first reading, we have the story of the fall of humanity from Genesis, the first book in the Bible.  Over the past week, we have heard the stories of creation: how God created the world, the… Continue reading Friday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Recognizing goodness in the world is an art form that brings happiness.  Too often in our day to day life, we run into others, and maybe it’s even ourselves, who seem to live to find fault with just about everything and everyone.  And sometimes it’s understandable: life is hard, and some days the… Continue reading Monday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It doesn’t take too much of our imagination to think of examples of suffering, having been through the last year of our lives.  All of us can probably think of someone we know who has suffered from COVID-19, or at least the scare of it, and many of us know of those who… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Heaven knows there are a lot of experts out there, or at least people who claim to be experts.  That’s why blogs and comments posted on news stories and Facebook are so popular: everyone claims to know something about everything.  Or at least it sure seems that way.  Certainly, it should give us… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Faith is that moment in our walk with the Lord when we have to put our money where our mouth is.  Faith says that we believe that Jesus is who he says he is, and that who he says he is has a profound impact on our life.  It’s easy to have faith… Continue reading Saturday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Repentance, friends, is a highly underrated activity. I remember back in 2012, just after we started using the new translation of the Roman Missal, on Ash Wednesday, I was giving folks their ashes.  As I usually do, I used both of the little instructions as I gave the ashes.  One of them says this: “Repent,… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings My eldest niece is going to graduate from college this year; I can’t believe how time has flown.  But back when she was little, she knew how to wrap Uncle Patrick around her little finger.  I remember one time when we were out at the mall – you know, back when we could… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Our worshipping in these last days of the Church year is often difficult, I think, because these readings are just hard to hear.  The readings from Revelation this week have been confusing, to say the least, and maybe even a little frightening.  And even if we could ignore the fright of the Revelation, well the… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time