Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings “When you lift up the Son of Man,then you will realize that I AM…” Today’s Liturgy of the Word is an exposition of being lifted up.  In the first reading, Moses lifted up an image of a saraph serpent so that people could look to it and be healed.  In the Gospel, Jesus… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Friday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In today’s readings we have two different ways of approaching God, with two different outcomes.  In our first reading, we have the story of the fall of humanity from Genesis, the first book in the Bible.  Over the past week, we have heard the stories of creation: how God created the world, the… Continue reading Friday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Friday after Epiphany

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Today’s readingsThis was for the school children. How many of you have already taken down your Christmas decorations?  I think probably a lot of people have done that.  Probably if you go to some of the stores, you’ll see Valentine’s day decorations and candy for sale.  In our world, we always want to move on to the next… Continue reading Friday after Epiphany

Friday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Jesus was always on the lookout for people who needed healing.  The ones we hear about in the Gospel stories, like the one we just heard today, were needs for physical healing, sure, but the stories also tell us about the need for spiritual healing.  Sometimes our bodies are sick, but sometimes our souls are… Continue reading Friday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings At the core of salvation and the message of the Gospel, Jesus came to forgive sinners and to make things right so that all might go to live in the eternal kingdom.  He came to give new life to sinners and to show them the way to the kingdom.  It’s in that spirit that I… Continue reading The Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

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Today’s readings Amos and Jesus are prophetic voices that we hear in our Scriptures this morning.  Unfortunately, as is often the case with prophets, neither is a welcome voice.  Amos makes it clear that he is not speaking on his own, or even because he wanted to.  If it were up to him, he’d go back to being… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

White Mass for Healthcare Workers

Today’s readings: Lamentations 3:17-26 | Romans 8:18-30 | Mark 16:15-20 One of the most important things I’ve ever learned about the healing ministry of the Church is summed up in one of the lines in our Gospel reading this evening: “They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” And let’s notice carefully… Continue reading White Mass for Healthcare Workers

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

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Today’s readings There is a lot of anguish in the readings today, isn’t there?  Most markedly is the anguish of King David, mourning the death of his son Absalom.  His anguish was most surprising to his army, because they had been fighting Absalom’s thugs who were helping him to overthrow the government of David.  But… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings My eldest 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… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Friday after Epiphany

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Today’s readings Today, as we continue to celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord, we see another Epiphany, another manifestation of our Lord.  Each of these manifestations tells us a little more about who Jesus is and what he came to do in our world.  Today we see Jesus manifested as healer. “Lord, if you wish, you can… Continue reading Friday after Epiphany