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 Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings An often told, and completely correct, preaching of today’s Gospel reading about the healing of Bartimeus’s blindness would say that this story isn’t about hisblindness at all.  Yes, it tells of his physical blindness and healing by Jesus, but the reason we have this story today isn’t just to make us feel happy… Continue reading The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Angels are messengers that God sends sometimes to let us know his plans for us, or to guard and guide us, or even to help us to see what’s really important. And it’s that last thing that the archangel Raphael does in today’s first reading. If we remember all the way back to… Continue reading Friday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Master, I want to see.” As you might have guessed, today’s Gospel story isn’t about healing a blind man.  Yes, that’s what happened in the story, and it was significant, but that’s not the real essence of the story and it’s not why we have this story in the Scriptures today.  The story… Continue reading Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

St. Boniface

Today’s readings Boniface was a Benedictine monk in England. He gave up the real possibility of being elected abbot of his community in order to reach out to the German people. Pope Gregory II sent Boniface to a Germany where paganism was a way of life, and where the clergy were at best uneducated and… Continue reading St. Boniface

Tuesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today Tobit finds out that charity begins at home. All his noble deeds of burying the dead are worth nothing if he does not know how to honor the living who are with him. The blindness he develops in today’s first reading is really on two counts. First, and most obviously, there is… Continue reading Tuesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings [These readings were used for the Mass of the Second Scrutiny.] When Dad was alive, we pretty much couldn’t go anywhere with him and not have him find someone there that he knew. He’d been a softball coach for over 25 years, had been a catechist at church, and helped with the youth… Continue reading Fourth Sunday of Lent