The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Here’s something I want you to remember today, and cling to in your spiritual life: We can’t do anything good in our spiritual lives all by ourselves.  We can’t be perfect disciples all by ourselves.  We can’t bring other people to Jesus all by ourselves.  We can’t overcome sin in our lives all by ourselves.  We can’t… Continue reading The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings On March 4th, in 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated as the thirty-second President of the United States, for the first of four terms.  As he began his presidency, the country was in economic crisis, mired as it was in the Great Depression.  There were all kinds of concerns in the country at that time,… Continue reading The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy)

Today’s readings I know there is a hunger out there, a hunger for the Eucharist, a hunger for being here at church, a hunger for the community we are missing.  But part of me wonders a bit about where that is coming from.  I mean, prior to a month ago, we were open every day of the… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy)

Easter Tuesday

Today’s readings Letting go of things is harder than we can sometimes even admit.  I think that’s what was going on with Mary Magdalene.  And we are just like her: we want to hold on to things and people as they are, because what is familiar is so very comfortable to us.  I think sometimes… Continue reading Easter Tuesday

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, even hoarding things. … Continue reading The Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings On March 4th, in 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated as the thirty-second President of the United States, for the first of four terms.  As he began his presidency, the country was in economic crisis, mired as it was in the Great Depression.  There were all kinds of concerns in the country at… Continue reading The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

Today’s readings I often wonder what brings people to Mass on the Second Sunday of Easter.  We had crowds of people here last Sunday, as you know, but things this Sunday are, perhaps a bit unfortunately, back to normal.  The Easter duty is done, and most people go back to their normal Sunday routines, whatever… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Today’s readings Fear keeps us from doing all sorts of things the Lord wants for us.  If we would truly let go of our fear and cling to our God, just imagine what he could do in us and through us.  Ahaz was King of Israel, a mighty commander, but yet was so afraid of… Continue reading The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Journeying from Fear to Faith

Today’s readings Getting ready for Mass today, I thought about my Dad. Not just because it’s Father’s Day, although that’s certainly part of it. But partly because of today’s Gospel. The story we have here today speaks about a journey, and I’ll say more about that in a minute. My Dad was great for journeys:… Continue reading The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Journeying from Fear to Faith

The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s Gospel story is a fitting one, I think, for this celebration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  The evangelist tells us that Mary’s heart was filled with wonder.  There are a few stories in the Gospels that end with that wonderful line: “and his mother kept all these things in her heart.”  I think… Continue reading The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary