The Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the feast of the dedication of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome.  Most people think of St. Peter’s Basilica as the pope’s church, but that’s not completely true.  As the Bishop of Rome, his Cathedral Church is the Lateran Basilica, once dedicated to our Savior, but now named for Saint… Continue reading The Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Today’s readings In today’s Gospel, Peter and the others are asked, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” Now, both Peter and Paul were committed to the truth about who Christ was.  They had too much at stake to let that go.  They had both messed up their estimation of who Jesus was: Peter… Continue reading Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Today we’re gathered on what is, for us, the eve of the Ascension.  While the reading that we have in today’s Gospel is from John’s account of the eve of the Passion, the words could well have been spoken to the Apostles on the eve of the Ascension too.  So Jesus is speaking… Continue reading Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the apostle. This is a feast that commemorates Jesus giving the servant authority of the Church to Saint Peter, as we heard in today’s Gospel. This is a special day of prayer for the Pope, the successor of Saint Peter among us.… Continue reading Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

The Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One of my jobs before I went to seminary was in the sales department of a computer supply company.  In that job, they taught us that one of the first good rules of sales was never to ask a question to which you didn’t already know the answer.  I think teachers get taught… Continue reading The Twenty-first Sunday 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

The Anniversary of the Dedication of Saint John Lateran

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the feast of the dedication of the Cathedral of St. John Lateran in Rome. Most people think of St. Peter’s Basilica as the pope’s church, but that’s not true. As the Bishop of Rome, his Cathedral Church is the Lateran Cathedral, once dedicated to our Savior, but now named for… Continue reading The Anniversary of the Dedication of Saint John Lateran

The Anniversary of the Dedication of the Saint John Lateran Cathedral

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the feast of the Dedication of the Saint John Lateran Cathedral in Rome. That seems a little obscure to us, I know, but it’s an important feast for the Church because it is a celebration of Church and a reflection on what Church is. The Lateran Cathedral is the cathedral… Continue reading The Anniversary of the Dedication of the Saint John Lateran Cathedral

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Today’s readings In today’s Gospel, Peter and the others are asked, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  We heard this Gospel story just last weekend.  Now, both Peter and Paul were committed to the truth about who Christ was.  They had too much at stake.  Having both messed up their estimation… Continue reading Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Mass for the Election of a Bishop

Our diocese this weekend is celebrating the Mass for the Election of a Bishop, praying for the prompt appointment of our next bishop.  So I did a brief homily on what a bishop is and does, followed by a talk about (sigh) money.  You get just the first thing here! As you may know, our… Continue reading Mass for the Election of a Bishop