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

Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s reading My grandmother used to say that, although she liked to read the Bible, she really didn’t like the Old Testament because of all the violence.  And certainly today’s first reading helps me to understand how she felt.  But it’s a reading that I think has very important things to say about the spiritual… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It is always interesting to me how clearly the unclean spirits know who Jesus is.  For them, Christ our God inspires fear and rebellion.  But even these unclean spirits, hearing his voice, begrudgingly obey.  Jesus teaches with authority, as the people standing by admit of him.  This is a teaching that cannot be… Continue reading Tuesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Our readings have been reminding us that the night is far spent and the day is drawing near.  We are called upon today to remain vigilant so that we do not miss the second coming of the Lord.  And it is well that we receive that warning today, on the cusp as we are of… Continue reading Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We have been hearing this week in our first reading from the books of the Maccabees.  All week long, the message we were getting was that this life is not all there is. Maybe eating a little pork, or tossing a few grains of incense on a coal in worship of an alien… Continue reading Friday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Well, the story we started to hear in yesterday’s first reading about Israel has festered a bit.  You may remember yesterday that king Antiochus Epiphanes began to lead the people to follow the ways of the Gentiles: covering over their circumcision, attending schools in the Gentile way of life, abandoning the holy laws.… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

The Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Why are we still here????? Have you ever thought about that?  Why is it that Jesus has been so long in returning?  Why hasn’t he come back to put all things to their proper conclusion?  Why do we still have wars being fought all over the earth?  Why is there still crime in our cities?  Why… Continue reading The Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Increase our faith,” indeed! How often have you had that same reaction to the marvels of God happening in your life? I think about the many times I have had the Spirit point out something I should have seen all along because it was right there in front of my face. Increase my… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “The love of money is the root of all evil.” “Money can’t buy happiness.” We have all sorts of proverbs that aim to keep us at right relationship not just with our financial resources, but really with all the many gifts that we have. Today’s Liturgy of the Word gives us some humble… Continue reading Saturday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time