Thursday of the First Week of Advent

Today’s readings There’s an old saying that if you want to hear God laugh, just tell him your plans for the day.  And we know how true that is, don’t we?  How many times have we had a plan for the day, only to have it derailed by whatever circumstances come our way during the… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Advent

Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings My eldest niece is going to graduate from college this year; I can’t believe how time has flown.  But back when she was little, she knew how to wrap Uncle Patrick around her little finger.  I remember one time when we were out at the mall – you know, back when we could… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s readings Today’s Scriptures address another one of the ways that we fallen human beings tend to avoid the truth. Sometimes, when we are confronted with the truth, we attack its source. If we cast doubt on the one bringing us the truth, then we don’t have to follow his or her words, right? The… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings My niece is now in college; I can’t believe how time has flown. But back when she was little, she knew how to wrap Uncle Patrick around her little finger. I remember one time when we were out at the mall, she said something like, “If you want, you can buy me a… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Have you ever been sure of the Lord’s call in your life and it just terrified you?  I have.  And for those of us who have been in this position, we can perhaps understand Jonah’s reaction in today’s first reading.  He had been called by the Lord to preach to the people in… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings The prophet Isaiah and Jesus speak today about the great power of words. Isaiah speaks specifically of the power of God’s word, a word that will not return empty but will go out and accomplish the purpose for which God sent it.  We see the word that the prophet speaks of here, of… Continue reading Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Monday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.” I believe that one of the goals of all our lives is to find true peace.  And unfortunately, we spend time looking for that peace in too many of the wrong places.  We might think we can find peace in wealth, or status, or… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings One of the greatest obstacles to the Christian life is comparing ourselves to others. Because, and I’ll just say it, discipleship isn’t meant to be fair. At least not as we see fairness. The essence of discipleship is doing what we were put here to do, we ourselves. We discern that vocation by… Continue reading Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Friday of the Third Week of Easter

Today’s readings Saul is proof that God’s ways are not our ways.  How is it that God would pick for one of his chief Apostles a man who imprisoned and murdered the followers of the Christian Way?  That had to surprise even, and perhaps especially Saul, whose life was turned completely upside-down.  Poor Ananias had… Continue reading Friday of the Third Week of Easter

Wednesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Learning to discern the Lord’s voice is a big part of our development as people of God and disciples of the Lord.  There are many competing voices out there, and so it takes great discernment to know which of those voices is God himself.  The way that we learn this is, of course,… Continue reading Wednesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time