The Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I really don’t have a green thumb, but for a while when I was young, I was very interested in growing things.  My grandmother on my dad’s side had quite the green thumb: anything she planted grew to be quite prolific.  I have whatever the opposite of that is!  But still, I have… Continue reading The Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings “Do you love me more than these?” It’s a question that cuts to the heart.  Peter had just betrayed his friendship with Jesus and his commitment to the Gospel by denying his Lord not once, but three times: “I tell you, I do not know the man you are talking about.”  This is… Continue reading Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.” That’s advice I wish I’d taken sometimes when I’ve been coming down with something and think, “oh, it’ll pass.”  The sick need a physician!  How often have we had what we thought was a little cold or seasonal illness end up being… Continue reading Saturday after Ash Wednesday

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

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Today’s readings Palm Sunday is, quite honestly, a feast with a bit of a split personality. We start out on a seemingly triumphant note.  Jesus enters Jerusalem, the Holy City, and the center of the Jewish religion; the city he has been journeying toward throughout the gospel narrative, and he enters it to the adulation of… Continue reading Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Day

Today’s readings There was a great commercial a few years back that has three senior ladies talking.  One of them, the hostess, has taped all kinds of photographs to her living room wall and says that it’s a really quick way to share these memories with her friends.  Just like her car insurance: it only took 15… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Day

The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings There’s a principle in the spiritual life known in Greek as kenosis.  Nobody likes to talk about it.  It’s nicer to talk about the consolations of prayer and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and things like that.  But nobody likes to talk about kenosis because, in English, we would translate that something like “self-emptying.”  That… Continue reading The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

You’ve probably heard the saying that youth is wasted on the young.  I think Saint Augustine might painfully agree with that sentiment.  He was a man who thought he had everything figured out at a young age. He was prideful, caught up in the world’s pleasures and focused solely on what could be learned from… Continue reading Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I often wonder how people get through the hard times of their lives if they don’t have faith.  We can all probably think of a time in our lives when we were sorely tested, when our lives were turned upside-down, and, looking back, we can’t figure out how we lived through it except… Continue reading The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Where are you?

Today’s readings Where are you? This is the question God asked Adam and Eve early on in our first reading today.  And for them, the answer to the question was that they were not in an especially good place.  We know the story: God had given them everything they need to live in the Garden… Continue reading The Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Where are you?