The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In my study of Scripture, the Liturgy, and the Lectionary, I’ve always been encouraged by the fact the Liturgy of the Word for these summer Ordinary Time Sundays is designed to offer us a kind of toolbox for living our Christian discipleship.  And that’s important because discipleship isn’t an easy thing to live,… Continue reading The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You’ve heard of the deadly sins. They are those sins that can really get at us time and time again in our lives and turn us away from God. They are things like lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. But for each of those deadly sins, there is also a life-giving… Continue reading The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: It’s Not About Me

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: It’s Not About Me

Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Today’s readings ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’ Those words are the epitome of humility.  They recognize that our life and our calling are at the service of our God, who gives us everything we have and everything we are.  And so when we do something wonderful, it’s… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Monday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings A story is told about the third-century martyr Saint Lawrence that, after the death of Pope Sixtus II, the prefect of Rome demanded that Lawrence, who was the keeper of the material goods of the Church, turn over to him all of the Church’s treasures.  In response, Saint Lawrence brought out the poor,… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

The Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted. We know about, or at least have heard about the deadly sins.  These are those sins that drag us down into further sin, and really work to cut us off from the relationship with Christ that… Continue reading The Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings are a kind of blueprint for the life of the disciple.  We see that those who surrounded Jesus as his core group were but a few selected people.  We have the Twelve, of course, but also some women.  Common to all of them is that nowadays we would probably not see… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This whole Gospel story can be a little bit jarring, I think. I was particularly struck by what the messenger said to Jesus when he asked him to come to the centurion’s house: “He deserves to have you do this for him.” As if any of us is ever worthy of God’s mercy!… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You’ll often hear me say that the Liturgy of the Word for these summer Ordinary Time Sundays is designed to offer us a kind of toolbox for living our Christian discipleship.  And that’s important because discipleship isn’t an easy thing to live, and it would be far easier to just throw it aside… Continue reading The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We have a pretty late Lent this year.  Ash Wednesday is not until March 1st.  What is really nice about that is that it gives us a little more ordinary time in the winter, which we often don’t get.  Sometimes we rush from Christmas to Ash Wednesday and barely get to breathe.  So… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time