The Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Jesus’ ministry on earth was all about healing.  Indeed, that’s what he came to do: to heal us, set things right, from the inside out, so that we would be able to enter the Kingdom.  In today’s gospel, he heals a man who has been deaf and mute with the word of command: “Ephphatha!” –… Continue reading The Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today I want to reflect on what I consider to be one of the most important principles of the spiritual life.  That principle is completely summed up in one short sentence: “It’s not about me.” Over the last couple of weeks, we have been able to take a look at the various people… Continue reading The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In today’s readings, God proves himself trustworthy, yet again. He appears to Jacob in a dream and promises that he will be with him wherever he goes, protecting him, and bringing him back to the land, which he would also give to Jacob’s descendants. In his joy, Jacob reacts by consecrating the land… Continue reading Monday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This set of readings always makes me chuckle just a little bit.  Back in my second assignment, before I became a pastor, I was assigned to my home parish, which is a bit unusual.  And the first Sunday I was there, these readings we have today were the readings that Sunday: “A prophet is not… Continue reading The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Angels are messengers that God sends sometimes to let us know his plans for us, or to guard and guide us, or even to help us to see what’s really important.  And it’s that last thing that the archangel Raphael does in today’s first reading.  If we remember all the way back to… Continue reading Friday of the Ninth Week 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

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

V0034892 Christ healing a leper. Woodcut by an unidentified cutter, 1 Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Christ healing a leper. Woodcut by an unidentified cutter, 1571, after Jost Amman. 1571 By: Jost AmmanPublished: [c. 1571] Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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