The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings remind me of one of my favorite theological facts: we were all created for something.  I think it takes the better part of our lives sometimes to see what that purpose is, but rest assured: God has a purpose.  In our first reading, God says, “Before I formed you in the… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You may have heard the saying that “If you want to hear God laugh, just tell him your plans.” It’s so easy for us in our arrogance to think we have everything all figured out. And then maybe God taps us on the shoulder, or whispers into our ear, and sends us in… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: It’s Not About Me

Today’s readings Today I want to reflect on what I consider to be one of the most important principles of the spiritual life.  That principle is completely summed up in one short sentence: “It’s not about me.” Over the last couple of weeks, we have been able to take a look at the various people… Continue reading The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: It’s Not About Me

The Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Sometimes it’s hard to accept that something is in our best interest when we first hear of it.  I can remember often growing up not wanting to do something like go on a retreat or join the youth group, but my parents giving me that gentle nudge to do it anyway.  And then… Continue reading The Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Sometimes it’s hard to accept that something is in our best interest when we first hear of it.  I can remember often growing up not wanting to do something like go on a retreat or join the youth group, but my parents giving me that gentle nudge to do it anyway.  And then… Continue reading The Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today we get a bit of a glimpse as to how Jesus’ day-to-day ministry worked.  We can see three things in particular that characterize how things happened.  First, he journeyed to proclaim the Good News.  He met people where they were, and even sought them out.  This shows us God’s relentless pursuit of… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I always think it’s interesting that whenever we see Peter and the others doing what they grew up doing – that is, fishing – they are never doing any good at it unless Jesus is around.  Today’s Gospel is no different.  Here Jesus comes along and sits in his boat, and tells Simon… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It seems like just yesterday that John the Baptist was baptizing Jesus in the Jordan River.  Oh wait, it was just yesterday!  But today’s reading fast forwards a bit and takes us to a time after John has been arrested.  John isn’t dead yet, not yet out of the picture, but clearly he… Continue reading Monday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today's readings [display_podcast] So Jesus goes over to Matthew, who, at that time, was anything but a saint.  He was sitting at the customs post, collecting the required taxes.  He was a Jew acting as a representative of the Roman occupation government.  He didn’t have a fan club, to say the least.  It wasn’t just… Continue reading Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time