The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings At the heart of today’s Gospel reading is the question of whether we as disciples of Jesus are willing to go where he’s leading us.  Much could be said about the posturing of James and John to get the good seats in the kingdom.  But as Jesus tells them, they didn’t even know what they… Continue reading The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings are a kind of blueprint for the life of the disciple.  We see that those who surrounded Jesus as his core group were but a few selected people.  We have the Twelve, of course, but also some women.  Common to all of them is that nowadays we would probably not see… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings “Do you love me more than these?” It’s a question that cuts to the heart.  Peter had just betrayed his friendship with Jesus and his commitment to the Gospel by denying his Lord not once, but three times: “I tell you, I do not know the man you are talking about.”  This is… Continue reading Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Repentance, friends, is a highly underrated activity. I remember back in 2012, just after we started using the new translation of the Roman Missal, on Ash Wednesday, I was giving folks their ashes.  As I usually do, I used both of the little instructions as I gave the ashes.  One of them says this: “Repent,… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I’ve often heard stories of those who grew up in the great depression.  Many years later, they still had deeply engrained in them the scrupulous care for everything they have that was etched into their very being during that horrible time in our history.  They spent a lifetime wasting nothing, which was a good thing,… Continue reading The Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Go out to the highways and hedgerowsand make people come in that my home may be filled. Way back on Friday, we began hearing the story from Saint Luke’s gospel about the time Jesus was invited to a dinner at the home of one of the leading Pharisees.  At that time, Jesus performed a… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Well, that’s a challenging instruction for Jesus to give us this morning.  “Go and do likewise.” Those who hear the Gospel must also live it.  Those who do not go and do likewise are like the foolish Galatians in today’s first reading who seem to be abandoning the Gospel and replacing it with… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Here’s something I want you to remember today, and cling to in your spiritual life: We can’t do anything good in our spiritual lives all by ourselves.  We can’t be perfect disciples all by ourselves.  We can’t bring other people to Jesus all by ourselves.  We can’t overcome sin in our lives all by ourselves.  We can’t… Continue reading The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

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Today’s readings This morning’s Gospel passage is the explanation of the parable of the seed and the sower, which we heard on Wednesday morning (and, for that matter, two Sundays ago).  What we quickly find out is that the parable is all about us.  Clearly the ideal is the good soil which produces much fruit, and just… Continue reading Friday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

Today’s readings Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus is a perplexing one, to be sure.  But in the light of Easter, we can see that Jesus was proclaiming that God is doing something new.  Not only that, but God wants us all to be part of that new thing.  Addressing Nicodemus, Jesus said that the old ways of worshipping and… Continue reading Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter