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, because 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 fright of the Revelation, well the… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Very often, when we hear this story about the widow’s mite, the story is equated with the call to stewardship. That’s a rather classic explanation of the text. And there’s nothing wrong with that explanation. But honestly, I don’t think the story about the widow’s mite is about stewardship at all. Yes, it’s… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You know, this Gospel reading is filled with all sorts of off-putting comments, isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I bristle at the thought of comparing God to a dishonest judge! But that’s not the point here. Of course, Jesus means that God is so much greater than the dishonest judge,… Continue reading Saturday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So many religious people tend to get concerned about the end of time.  Some years ago, there was a serious of books called Left Behind, and a couple of movies made from them.  The premise was that Jesus returned to take all the faithful people home, and “left behind” everyone else.  It’s a… Continue reading Friday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

The Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings What if this life was all there was?  I’m sure you know some people who think that.  I’m not sure how people who think that can get out of bed in the morning, let alone keep on living day after day. Questions about life and death and last things and life after the last things… Continue reading The Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Our readings have been reminding us that the night is far spent and the day is drawing near.  We are called upon today to remain vigilant so that we do not miss the second coming of the Lord.  And it is well that we receive that warning today, on the cusp as we… Continue reading Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “What do you want me to do for you?” I think that is perhaps the important question in the spiritual life. In fact, when I begin working with someone for spiritual direction, I usually have them spend some time reflecting on this Gospel reading. When I myself go on retreat, I reflect on it too.… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I think we all wonder what Jesus meant when he said, “this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.”  Certainly the then-current generation has come and gone, and it doesn’t seem like we’ve come to the end of the world.  But the Church would pose two very important… Continue reading Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week 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.”  You hear it all the time, and it’s one of my least favorite corporate-speak phrases.  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… Continue reading Tuesday 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. We are all… Continue reading Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time