Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings This feels like a little bit of deja-vu for me, because I just did a video lesson on holy water for the school kids yesterday.  Water is so important to us, and we see a lot of water in these readings.  Water refreshes us, sustains us, cleans us.  And people are saying that drinking water, if… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

The Baptism of Our Lord

Today’s readings I think we have to be a little bit careful about how we read and hear today’s readings.  We’re still in the Christmas season – at the end of it, actually – and, more precisely, we’re at the octave day of the Epiphany of the Lord, which we celebrated last week, in which we… Continue reading The Baptism of Our Lord

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

Today’s readings “You shall be my people, and I will be your God” (Ezekiel 36:28).  I love that last line from the last of the Old Testament readings we heard tonight.  There is a covenant, there has always been a covenant, there always will be a covenant. God created us in love, and he loves us first and… Continue reading The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

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 know my… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny III (Cycle A Readings)

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings There’s a lot of talk about water in these readings today, and when that happens, we know that it means the talk is really about baptism. We ourselves are the sick and lame man who needed Jesus’ help to get into the waters of Bethesda. The name “Bethesda” means “house of mercy” in… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

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 Baptism of the Lord

Today’s readings Today, we celebrate a feast that is commemorated in the first Luminous Mystery of the Rosary.  The Luminous Mysteries were popularized by Saint John Paul II, and illustrate the various ways that Christ’s nature and the purpose of his coming were revealed to us.  That is, they are luminous mysteries because they shed light on… Continue reading The Baptism of the Lord

Thursday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This morning’s Gospel parable is admittedly a bit of a head scratcher.  It almost seems to portray our God in a rather unfavorable light, comparing him to a capricious king who destroys whole cities after being snubbed by some invited guests, and then tosses out a visitor who seems to have come to… Continue reading Thursday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings There’s a lot of talk about water in these readings today, and when that happens, we know that it means the talk is really about baptism. We ourselves are the sick and lame man who needed Jesus’ help to get into the waters of Bethesda. The name “Bethesda” means “house of mercy” in… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Saturday after the Christmas Octave

Today’s readings The readings in these Christmas days find us unpacking the gift we have been given.  Now that we realize Christ incarnate among us, what does it mean?  Why did he come?  What has changed?  Today’s first reading from Saint John’s first letter gets right at it: Jesus came through water and Blood and… Continue reading Saturday after the Christmas Octave