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-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings If the readings today stir up feelings of anxiety in us, well, that’s to be expected. These are not readings of comfort and peace – anything but! And that’s just how the Lectionary is arranged. Every year at the end of the Church year – which this is – we have readings about… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirty-third 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

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,… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirty-third 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

The Fifth Sunday of Easter [A]

Today’s readings I can see by your attendance here today that you were not caught up in the rapture last night. I bring this up not so much to poke fun at those who mistakenly predict the end of days, but rather to use this occasion to talk about exactly what we Catholics believe about… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Easter [A]

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

Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Why are we still here????? Have you ever thought about that?  Why is it that Jesus has been so long in returning?  Why hasn’t he come back to put all things to their proper conclusion?  Why do we still have wars being fought all over the earth?  Why is there still terror, and… Continue reading Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today's readings [display_podcast] When people ask you where you are from, the way that you answer that question probably depends a lot on the context.  For instance, if it was a stranger who asked you that question when you were on a vacation out of the country, you might answer, “I’m from the United States.” … Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter