The Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today's readings I have to tell you, we have two of my very favorite readings in today’s Liturgy of the Word.  I like them because they both show God interacting with us, his creatures, in powerful ways.  In the first reading, we see the prophet Elijah literally running for his life.  He has just embarrassed,… Continue reading The Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Most Holy Trinity: What is God like?

Today’s readings There’s a little Christian Science church in the town where I grew up, on Main Street, just north of the downtown area.  They don’t anymore, but they used to list their upcoming sermon topic, followed by the line “All are welcome.”  Imagine my surprise when one day, the topic was going to be… Continue reading The Most Holy Trinity: What is God like?

Saturday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “The love of money is the root of all evil.” “Money can’t buy happiness.” We have all sorts of proverbs that aim to keep us at right relationship not just with our financial resources, but really with all the many gifts that we have. Today’s Liturgy of the Word gives us some humble… Continue reading Saturday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

The Most Holy Trinity

Today’s readings Talking about the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is perhaps the most daunting tasks for a preacher, but also one of the greatest privileges.  Here is one of the great mysteries of our faith, one that cries out for explanation, one that has kept the best minds of our religion occupied throughout… Continue reading The Most Holy Trinity

The Most Holy Trinity

Today’s readings Today’s celebration of the Most Holy Trinity reminds us of the fact that God loved the world he created so much that he was determined to remain in relationship with it.  “God so loved the world,” the Gospel tells us, “that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him… Continue reading The Most Holy Trinity

The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Recently in the news, there have been a few stories of people who have hoarded possessions so much as to put them in danger.  In the most recent story, a woman in the Chicago area had passed away, and rescuers needed to cut a hole in her roof in order to remove her… Continue reading The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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, the baals.  But… Continue reading Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Fourth Sunday of Lent [C]

Today’s readings At the heart of it, Lent is about two things.  First, it’s about baptism.  That’s what the participants in our RCIA program are reflecting on these days, and two of them are preparing to be baptized at our Easter Vigil Mass this year.  And baptism leads us to the second purpose of Lent,… Continue reading Fourth Sunday of Lent [C]

Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time [C]

Today’s readings You know, since I’m currently serving in this, my home parish, I’m going to pass on the opportunity to comment on today’s Gospel: I’ve already reflected long and hard on how a prophet is not accepted in his own native place!  I’d like to talk instead about our second reading today.  Paul’s explanation… Continue reading Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time [C]

Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings God’s salvation is radical.  Zechariah, in the first reading, is speaking to the broken Israel.  On account of its sins, it was taken into captivity and exiled to Babylon.  The fate they suffered was well deserved.  Generations had rejected the Lord’s covenant, had instead turned to the pagan gods worshipped by the people… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week of Ordinary Time