The Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So here’s one of those occasions when we have what seems to be a pretty odd parable in the Gospel reading.  It’s a story that challenges our notion of who Jesus is and what he was about – it almost seems in this story that he’s being “un-Jesus-like” in the story.  But hang on to… Continue reading The Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I really don’t like that over-used phrase “at the end of the day.”  But I can’t help but think about this tired old phrase when I read the Scriptures for the Liturgy in these last days of the Church year.  Because the Liturgy is calling our attention to the fact that the end… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel calls us to examine our perspective. Jesus asks, “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?” Well, those men he talked to were shepherds, or had shepherds in… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

The Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time: Going “All In”

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel has some rather obvious applications, not all of which are entirely accurate. For example, many may hear this Gospel reading as a condemnation of the rich or a warning against having too much money. Indeed, riches can be a distraction and an obstacle to a relationship with the Lord. Saint Paul… Continue reading The Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time: Going “All In”

Thursday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel calls us to examine our perspective. Jesus asks, “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?” Well, those men he talked to were shepherds, or had shepherds in… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings As many times as we may hear the parable in today’s Gospel, I think we always end up scratching our heads and wondering what point Jesus was making, precisely.  It’s just so unlike anything we would expect him to preach, this idea of the steward basically cheating his employer and making friends with… Continue reading Friday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Jesus says to us today, “this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.”  This includes all of us, past, present and future.  We will all live, in some way, to see the end of days, either here on earth, or from the joy of heaven. So what will… Continue reading Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Jesus says to us today, “this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.”  This includes all of us, past, present and future.  We will all live, in some way, to see the end of days, either here on earth, or from the joy of heaven. So what will… Continue reading Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings When time runs short, we often worry about the silliest things. Maybe the reason for that is we don’t know what to do, so taking care of the small stuff makes it seem like we are getting someplace. Only we’re not. For example, I have this kind of big impending move to take… Continue reading Saturday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Our worshipping in these last days of the Church year is often difficult, I think.  And the reason is that these readings are just hard to hear.  The readings from Revelation this week have been confusing, to say the least, and maybe even a little frightening.  And even if we could ignore the… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

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