White Mass for Healthcare Workers

Today’s readings: Lamentations 3:17-26 | Romans 8:18-30 | Mark 16:15-20 One of the most important things I’ve ever learned about the healing ministry of the Church is summed up in one of the lines in our Gospel reading this evening: “They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” And let’s notice carefully… Continue reading White Mass for Healthcare Workers

The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings This illness is not to end in death,but is for the glory of God,that the Son of God may be glorified through it. As I’ve been praying during this COVID-19 crisis, I’ve been struck by two things.  First is that God, who never sets in motion the evil that happens to us (including this… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Caiaphas had no idea how prophetic his words were. Actually, as far as the intent of his words went, they were nothing but selfish. The Jews didn’t want to lose their standing with the Romans. As it was, they had an uneasy peace. The Romans pretty much let them practice their religion as… Continue reading Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

The Fifth Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny III (Cycle A Readings)

Today’s readings “Lord, by now there will be a stench.” That’s one of my favorite lines in scripture.  It begs the question I want you to pray about this week, which is this: “What in your life really stinks?”  Because we have to have that stench washed away in order to really live. If you know my… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny III (Cycle A Readings)

Monday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We’re still in the opening chapters of human history in our first reading, and in these opening chapters we see some of the less beautiful parts of human nature. The first reading reads like an exposition of deadly sins, and these sins have continued to plague humanity ever since. We start with envy,… Continue reading Monday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

The Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time: All Souls Remembrance Mass

Today’s readings This morning’s Gospel reading presents us with perhaps thefoundational principal of living the Christian life: love of God and love of neighbor.  We love God with great fervor because he loved us into existence.  And God teaches us how to love: to love him and to love others; in fact we manifest our… Continue reading The Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time: All Souls Remembrance Mass

The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Our readings today, I think, are very poignant and to the point.  As a pastor, I see a lot of suffering, and it breaks my heart when my parishioners are going through hard times.  Whether those hard times are brought about by death or sickness, or by relationship problems, or by poverty or… Continue reading The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of Holy Week

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reading contains four of the most chilling words in all of holy Scripture: “And it was night.”  Those narrative words come just after Judas takes the morsel and leaves the gathering.  But the evangelist didn’t include those words to tell us the time of day.  In John’s Gospel, there is an… Continue reading Tuesday of Holy Week

The Fourth Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings Traditionally, today is Laetare Sunday – laetare being Latin for “rejoice.” Sometimes this Sunday is celebrated by the wearing of rose-colored vestments, rather than the Lenten violet.  Laetare Sunday reminds us that even in the “heaviness” of Lent, there is reason for rejoicing.  And today’s readings do deal with some heavy topics, but clearly and always through the… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Lent

Grieving During the Holidays

Today, I was invited to give a talk at one of the local funeral homes for their clients who had lost loved ones during the last year.  I spoke about grieving during the holiday season. A reading from the book of Revelation (22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21). “Behold, I am coming soon. I bring with me the… Continue reading Grieving During the Holidays