Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This morning, the prophet Jeremiah is urgently reminding the people Israel – and us too! – that every good thing we have, every blessing we receive, all of it comes from the Lord God Almighty.  Israel was trying to find blessing in the strange gods of the peoples around them, forging alliances with… Continue reading Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings If you’ve been to any number of Church weddings, you have probably heard today’s first reading, and part of the Gospel proclaimed.  Obviously we usually leave out the part about divorce, but these readings are quite popular for weddings.  The reason, of course, is that the story is about how man and woman… Continue reading The Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Discourse V: So What?

Today’s readings “So what?”  That’s perhaps the most important question of the spiritual life.  Maybe it’s even the most important question of life, period.  Because after we have all taken time to absorb the information around us, after we have learned all that we have been taught, we have to decide what, if anything, that… Continue reading The Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Discourse V: So What?

Thursday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings present us with two very interesting images. The first is that of a potter working at the wheel. When the object turned out badly, the potter re-created the object until it was right. Jeremiah tells us that just so is Israel, in the hand of the LORD. Not that God couldn’t… Continue reading Thursday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So Jesus today speaks of the “sign of Jonah.”  I think this sign could mean a couple of different things.  First, it is a direct parallel to the life of Jesus.  Just as Jonah spent three days as good as dead in the belly of the big fish before being disgorged to a… Continue reading Monday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time: My Soul is Thirsting

Today’s readings Jude, perhaps the relative of Jesus and James (not James the apostle!), writes some words of exhortation in today’s first reading. He calls on his hearers to build themselves up in the faith, and show that by extending mercy and correction to sinners.  All of this is a development, of course, of the Law,… Continue reading Saturday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time: My Soul is Thirsting

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Sometimes it’s hard for things to get through to us, isn’t it?  Well, it’s always been that way, apparently.  One of my friends in seminary used to say that the Israelites had a pillar of cloud leading them by day, and a pillar of fire by night.  So how come they couldn’t believe… Continue reading Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The women in today’s Liturgy of the Word give us contrasting views of the spiritual life. In our first reading, the women give us the example of what not to do. Solomon, known for his wisdom and dedication to God by building the temple, is soon seduced by the foreign women he had… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings What I think the folks in our first reading need to learn – and maybe us too – is that the spiritual life is always about the big picture.  The Israelites in today’s reading have completely rejected the God of their salvation.  God had taken them from abject slavery in Egypt, in which… Continue reading Monday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today we have readings urging us to pay attention. Paul tells the Thessalonians in our first reading today not to freak out if they hear about the second coming of Christ. Rather, they should be in the moment and live as they have been taught and formed in the Gospel that Paul preached… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time