The Third Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny I)

Today’s readingsNote: At this Mass, we were celebrating the First Scrutiny with the Elect preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil, so readings from Cycle A were used, as per the Rite. We have with us today, three young people who are seeking to receive the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist, at… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny I)

The Third Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings This Mass was streamed live on Facebook in lieu of people attending Mass in person, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Is the LORD in our midst or not? I remember a time a while back when I got the flu – bad.  It was one of those rare occasions when I was so sick,… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Lent

Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer to the Elect

Today’s readings: Hosea 11:1, 3-4, 8e-9 | Psalm 23 | Romans 8:14-17, 26-27 | Matthew 6:9-13 Today we did the RCIA presentation of the Lord’s Prayer to the Elect at our evening Mass. There are special readings for that, as above. Where do you go when you’re at the end of your rope? Bob was… Continue reading Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer to the Elect

The Fourth Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny II (Cycle A Readings)

Jesus Healing the Blind El Greco

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy is all about vision and sight and light and darkness.  All of these, dear friends, are things that many of us certainly take for granted.  Think about it: we don’t appreciate the gift of light until that dark and stormy night when the electricity goes out and we’re fumbling around in… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny II (Cycle A Readings)

The Third Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny I: Give Us Living Water

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Today’s readings Note: This homily was for the Mass at which the RCIA Elect were present for the First Scrutiny, so particular readings are used for that. What is it going to take to quench the thirst that you have right now? We’re lucky; we live in a part of the world where we can… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny I: Give Us Living Water

The Fourth Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny II

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy is all about vision and sight and light and darkness.  All of these, dear friends, are things that we certainly take for granted.  Think about it: we don’t appreciate the gift of light until that dark and stormy night when the electricity goes out and we’re fumbling around in the darkness… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny II

The Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings For the Rite of  Acceptance Into the Order of Catechumens Worry will absolutely kill us, if we let it.  As a pastor and confessor, I hear worry from people all the time.  Worry about job issues or money in general, worry about illnesses or the grieving of loved ones, worry about children and other… Continue reading The Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny III)

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, “What in your life really stinks?” Because we have to have that stench washed away in order to really live. If you know… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny III)

The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny II)

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy calls us to clear up our clouded vision and become people of light.  The gospel gets at that pretty quickly, healing the man born blind in the first couple of minutes of what is admittedly a pretty long reading.  And that’s a good thing because, honestly, who cares about the man… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny II)

The Third Sunday of Lent: Scrutiny I

Today’s readings Note: This homily was for the Mass at which the RCIA Elect was present for the First Scrutiny, so particular readings are used for that.  All other Masses used the readings for the Third Sunday of Lent, Cycle B, including Jesus clearing the temple courtyard. What is it going to take to quench… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Lent: Scrutiny I