The Third Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings This Mass was streamed live on Facebook in lieu of people attending Mass in person, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Is the LORD in our midst or not? I remember a time a while back when I got the flu – bad.  It was one of those rare occasions when I was so sick,… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Lent

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.” That’s advice I wish I’d taken sometimes when I’ve been coming down with something and think, “oh, it’ll pass.”  The sick need a physician!  Anyone who has battled an addiction will tell you how true this is.  You cannot make… Continue reading Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.” This past Sunday, I was coming down with the upper respiratory infection I now am getting over.  It really came on suddenly, with a vengeance, and I was thinking last weekend if I took care of myself it would all… Continue reading Saturday after Ash Wednesday

The Second Sunday of Advent

Today’s readings #advent #adventnd Have you ever had the feeling hat things were just not right? I don’t mean not right like you got the wrong order at Portillo’s, or your postal delivery person gave you the neighbor’s mail. I mean, really not right, in a fundamental sense, like the world was off its axis… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Advent

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

If we think that we are the ones who get to determine the direction of our lives, we are dead wrong. Look at Saul: educated in all the finest Jewish schools, well-versed in the Law and the Prophets, and zealous for the faith to a fault. He was absolutely the model Jewish man and had… Continue reading Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

The Third Sunday of Lent: Scrutiny I

Today’s readings Note: This homily was for the Mass at which the RCIA Elect was present for the First Scrutiny, so particular readings are used for that.  All other Masses used the readings for the Third Sunday of Lent, Cycle B, including Jesus clearing the temple courtyard. What is it going to take to quench… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Lent: Scrutiny I

The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I wonder if you find this Gospel parable a little aggravating. I know I do. Certainly the people hearing it in Jesus’ day would have been aggravated too. They knew the economics of day laboring better than we do (although day laborers are by no means extinct in the twenty-first century). The very… Continue reading The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

Today’s readings If we think that we are the ones who get to determine the direction of our lives, we are dead wrong. Look at Saul: educated in all the finest Jewish schools, well-versed in the Law and the Prophets, and zealous for the faith to a fault.  He was absolutely the model Jewish man… Continue reading Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time: No Time Like the Present!

Today’s readings One of the things that I think plagues us modern people is that we tend to have delusions of eternity.  By that I mean, we tend to have a view that we have all the time in the world, and so we put off things that are truly important, because we always think… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time: No Time Like the Present!

Friday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Just like John in today’s reading from the Revelation, we who are followers of Jesus are called to take in the Scriptures and internalize them.  And just as for him, they will first taste sweet: our initial experience with God, or even a fresh new experience of him will often be a pleasant… Continue reading Friday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time