Independence Day

Today’s readings: Ezekiel 3:17-21; Psalm 8; Colossians 3:9b-17; Matthew 25:31-46 Today, as we gather on this Independence Day, we celebrate our birth as a nation, two hundred and forty-four years ago. This is a day that causes us to rejoice over the end of oppression, the freedom to be governed in a way that protects… Continue reading Independence Day

Memorial Day

Readings: Isaiah 32:15-18 | Psalm 72 | Matthew 5:1-12a Today is a day to reflect on our heroes. Who are the ones we hold up as role models and honor for their contribution to our world? Would we think of political leaders, or sports heroes, or entertainers? Certainly their accomplishments inspire us, and perhaps even… Continue reading Memorial Day

The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Freedom!

Today’s readings “For freedom Christ set us free.” So writes Saint Paul in our second reading today. And it’s a beautiful reflection for this weekend, when we are getting ready for our Independence Day celebrations. When our nation’s founders set up this fledgling republic 243 years ago, freedom was certainly one of their primary concerns.… Continue reading The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Freedom!

Independence Day

Today’s readings: Isaiah 57:15-19 | Philippians 4:6-9 | John 14:23-29 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,… Continue reading Independence Day

The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Freedom!

Today’s readings “For freedom Christ set us free.” So writes Saint Paul in our second reading today. And it’s a beautiful reflection for this weekend, when we are getting ready for our Independence Day celebrations. When our nation’s founders set up this fledgling republic 240 years ago, freedom was certainly one of their primary concerns.… Continue reading The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Freedom!

Memorial Day

Readings: Isaiah 32:15-18 | Psalm 72 | Matthew 5:1-12a Mass of Peace and Justice One of the effects of a presidential election year for me, is taking a long hard look at who we hold up as our leaders or our heroes. In some ways these days, a presidential election is an emergence of whoever… Continue reading Memorial Day

Thursday after Ash Wednesday: The Road Less Traveled

Today’s readings When I hear today’s readings, I very often think of the poem, “The Road Less Traveled,” by Robert Frost. It goes, of course, like this: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as… Continue reading Thursday after Ash Wednesday: The Road Less Traveled

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Today’s readings So in today’s first reading, Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers.  What a foreshadowing this is, isn’t it?  It certainly foreshadows Israel’s slavery in Egypt that led to the Exodus, but it also foreshadows the selling of Jesus into the hands of his executioners by one of his own brothers, Judas… Continue reading Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Homily for Independence Day: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Famously begins the Declaration of Independence, signed by representatives of the American colonies on July 4, 1776.  Sometimes, I think,… Continue reading Homily for Independence Day: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Thursday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One of the greatest sins there is, I think, is the sin of not letting go.  And, if we’re honest, I think we all do it, all the time.  I know I do.  Whether it’s an long-standing argument with a loved one, or a touch of road rage, or demanding what we think… Continue reading Thursday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time