Monday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In today’s readings, God proves himself trustworthy, yet again. He appears to Jacob in a dream and promises that he will be with him wherever he goes, protecting him, and bringing him back to the land, which he would also give to Jacob’s descendants. In his joy, Jacob reacts by consecrating the land… Continue reading Monday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This set of readings always makes me chuckle just a little bit.  Back in my second assignment, before I became a pastor, I was assigned to my home parish, which is a bit unusual.  And the first Sunday I was there, these readings we have today were the readings that Sunday: “A prophet is not… Continue reading The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings My absolute favorite line from this Gospel reading is, “Then he put them all out.”  I can just imagine Jesus going into the house, encountering the mourners, seeing the lack of faith in all of them, and saying “Go on!  Get outta here!  I’ve got work to do!”  Or at least that’s how I’d say it! It… Continue reading The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Birth of Isaac used courtesy gospelimages.com

Today’s readings There’s quite a bit of laughing and astonishment in today’s Liturgy of the Word, and I like it! “Lord, if you wish you can make me clean.”  In some ways, that is the biggest understatement in all of Scripture.  Of course God can make him clean, God can do anything God wants to do.  But for… Continue reading Friday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Today’s first reading always fascinates me.  Paul and Silas are in a terrible situation, not for the first or last time, I might add.  But just look at how their vibrant faith allows God to do things in and through them that are nothing short of miraculous.  First, there’s the earthquake that brings… Continue reading Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter (Religious Education and Confirmation Program Closing Mass)

Today’s readings In our first reading this evening, we have from the Acts of the Apostles a rather defining moment for the early Church.  Jesus hadn’t given them a precise rule book of how to make the Church develop: he simply sent them out to baptize.  But he also told them to make disciples of all the… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter (Religious Education and Confirmation Program Closing Mass)

Saturday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Faith is that moment in our walk with the Lord when we have to put our money where our mouth is.  Faith says that we believe that Jesus is who he says he is, and that who he says he is has a profound impact on our life.  It’s easy to have faith… Continue reading Saturday of the Third Week 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

The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Homecoming Mass for Benedictine University

Today’s readings Well, I would like to welcome all of you home to Benedictine University for Homecoming 2020.  Except, of course, that we aren’t at our “home”: we are celebrating this Mass at my parish, Saint Mary Immaculate in Plainfield, Illinois, a little over twenty miles south and west of the Lisle campus of Benedictine.  And, most… Continue reading The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Homecoming Mass for Benedictine University

The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Hans Schäufelein (German, Nuremberg ca. 1480–ca. 1540 Nördlingen) The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, from Das Plenarium, 1517 German, Woodcut (hand-colored); Sheet: 3 11/16 × 2 11/16 in. (9.4 × 6.8 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Harry G. Friedman, 1961 (61.663.342) http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/670694

Today’s readings I wonder if you find this Gospel parable a little aggravating.  I have heard it many times now, and I certainly have bristled with aggravation on occasion when I’ve heard it.  And, as I often say, it’s good when the Gospel gets us a little riled up, because that means God is doing something in… Continue reading The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time