Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s readings “Athirst is my soul for the Living God.” The Psalmist today sums up what is going on in the entire Liturgy of the Word.  In the book of Acts, we see that even the Gentiles seek salvation in Christ, and Peter learns that those God has called to holiness cannot be treated as… Continue reading Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Bread of Life Discourse II – What’s Your Hunger?

Today’s readings My niece Molly used to say that she wanted to open a restaurant when she grows up. She even had a name all picked out for it: “Hungry.”  That makes a lot of sense when you think about it.  Where are you going to go when you’re hungry?  Well, to Hungry, of course!  I… Continue reading The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Bread of Life Discourse II – What’s Your Hunger?

The Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Bread of Life Discourse I – Jesus is Enough and More than Enough

Today’s readings Bishop Kaffer, of happy memory, used to say that every celebration of the Eucharist was a greater creative act than the creation of the universe.  Now I think greater theological minds than mine would likely debate that, but what Bishop Kaffer gets at is worth considering.  The Eucharist is an incredible miracle, and… Continue reading The Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Bread of Life Discourse I – Jesus is Enough and More than Enough

Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter 

Today’s readings  When God made the human person, he put into him and her a hunger and a thirst that could only be filled up with God. God made us for himself, because he is Love itself and Love must always have an object of that love. As Saint Augustine said well, “You have made… Continue reading Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter 

The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Bread of Life Discourse II

Today’s readings My niece Molly used to say that she wanted to open a restaurant when she grows up. She even had a name all picked out for it: “Hungry.” That makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Where are you going to go when you’re hungry? Well, to Hungry, of course!… Continue reading The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Bread of Life Discourse II

Saturday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So what was at stake here?  Was it the Sabbath?  Not really. For Jesus, there wasn’t such a thing as a Sabbath breath from healing, and teaching, and bringing people to salvation.  So as he walked along with his disciples, it didn’t bother him that they were “working” by picking heads of grain… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [ Cycle B]

Today’s readings When I was growing up, sometimes we would ask Mom what was for dinner, and she would often reply, “I don’t know; it’s not three o’clock yet!”  We were blessed, though.  We could count on the fact that there would always be something for dinner and that it would be good.  We just… Continue reading Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [ Cycle B]

Invocation for Loaves and Fishes

This prayer was for the opening breakfast for the Loaves and Fishes “One Day Without Hunger” event. The story about Jesus multiplying loaves and fishes, from which this wonderful organization takes its name, is present in all four of the Gospel narratives that we have. The early church obviously talked about that event quite a… Continue reading Invocation for Loaves and Fishes

Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings As you may know, I kind of like to cook. I learned to cook back when I was about eleven or twelve, when my mom started a part time job working in the evenings. My Dad, God rest his soul, wasn’t much of a cook. We used to say he used the smoke… Continue reading Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time