Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings During the summer before my final year of seminary, I worked as a hospital chaplain, in a program called Clinical Pastoral Education.  Most seminarians are required to do it.  It ended up being a pretty rough summer for me and the other men and women in the student chaplain group: we had a… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Thanksgiving Day: People of Eucharist

Today’s readings Several years ago now, my sister emailed me pictures of a storybook that my niece, Molly, wrote for a second grade school project.  It was a story about an unnamed boy and girl – but we might as well name them, because it was clear to me that the girl was the author… Continue reading Thanksgiving Day: People of Eucharist

Monday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings A story is told about the third-century martyr Saint Lawrence that, after the death of Pope Sixtus II, the prefect of Rome demanded that Lawrence, who was the keeper of the material goods of the Church, turn over to him all of the Church’s treasures.  In response, Saint Lawrence brought out the poor,… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings What I think the folks in our first reading need to learn – and maybe us too – is that the spiritual life is always about the big picture.  The Israelites in today’s reading have completely rejected the God of their salvation.  God had taken them from abject slavery in Egypt, in which… Continue reading Monday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Sometimes God’s blessings can be challenging.  For example, we might not think that those who are meek and those who mourn are blessed.  And we certainly wouldn’t celebrate the blessings of those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, would we?  It’s even more challenging when we remember that the word “blessed”… Continue reading Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Listen to that opening line from Jesus in today’s Gospel parable: “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.” That is a revelation so glorious that it should have us up dancing in the aisles, praising God, and throwing a huge party. Think… Continue reading The Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 

Sometimes God’s blessings can be challenging. For example, we might not think that those who are meek and those who mourn are blessed. And we certainly wouldn’t celebrate the blessings of those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, would we? It’s even more challenging when we remember that the word “blessed” in Scripture… Continue reading Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 

Monday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings What I think the folks in our first reading need to learn – and maybe us too – is that the spiritual life is always about the big picture.  The Israelites in today’s reading have completely rejected the God of their salvation.  God had taken them from abject slavery in Egypt, in which… Continue reading Monday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We’ve just had this Gospel reading in the Sunday readings in the last couple of weeks, so I thought I’d touch on a few verses that I didn’t go into in that homily.  And these are some of the most powerful words in Scripture for me, and always a challenge for me: “But… Continue reading Thursday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings What I think the folks in our first reading need to learn – and maybe us too – is that the spiritual life is always about the big picture.  The Israelites in today’s reading have completely rejected the God of their salvation.  God had taken them from abject slavery in Egypt, in which… Continue reading Monday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time