Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You know, I think Herod was asking the right question.  Sure, he was asking it for all the wrong reasons, but still, it is the right question.  And that question is, “Who is Jesus?” What Herod was hearing about Jesus is pretty much what the disciples told Jesus when Jesus asked, “Who do… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Holy Hour: Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Reading: Matthew 14:22-33 Why did you doubt? This is one of those Saint Peter stories in the Gospel that sometimes causes preachers to give Saint Peter a hard time about his “little faith.”  I think Saint Peter displayed great faith here, although with an admittedly somewhat-rocky execution.  And I think this wonderful little story – one of… Continue reading Holy Hour: Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

The Most Holy Name of Jesus

Today’s readings Not everyone has St. John the Baptist around to point out the Messiah to them. Lots of us, I think, at one point or another, would have loved to have been in the sandals of those apostles when Jesus was passing by. As much as we believe that Christ is present in every… Continue reading The Most Holy Name of Jesus

The Transfiguration of the Lord

Today’s readings How do you picture Jesus? We’ve never seen him face to face, but we have definitely seen artwork depicting him. That artwork can be very inspiring. But that artwork can also give us a perhaps false, overly-familiar look at Jesus our God. I tend to think Peter, James and John also had a… Continue reading The Transfiguration of the Lord

Saturday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “He is out of his mind.” Well that’s a fine way for relatives to receive a person, especially Jesus. But maybe everyone has relatives with whom they don’t see eye-to-eye. People who, it would seem, should know us best, often misunderstand us. But the story of Jesus’ life is that his family isn’t… Continue reading Saturday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You know, I think Herod was asking the right question.  Sure, he was asking it for all the wrong reasons, but still, it is the right question.  And that question is, “Who is Jesus?” What Herod was hearing about Jesus is pretty much what the disciples told Jesus when Jesus asked, “Who do… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

The Transfiguration of the Lord 

Sometimes I think that, because of the limitedness of our minds, we accept a rather small view of Jesus. We think of him as a friend and brother, which is okay, but he is also our Lord and God. The disciples had this problem too, although they had a good excuse: they didn’t have two… Continue reading The Transfiguration of the Lord 

The Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Christmas Vigil – Childrens Mass

In a town called Nazareth in Galilee, a long time ago, Mary lived with her parents, Joachim and Ann. Mary was only a young girl, maybe 14 years old. She came from a quiet little area of the world, and just looking at them, you’d have to say nothing about her family was very special.… Continue reading The Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Christmas Vigil – Childrens Mass

Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You know, I think Herod was asking the right question.  Sure, he was asking it for all the wrong reasons, but still, it is the right question.  And that question is, “Who is Jesus?” What Herod was hearing about Jesus is pretty much what the disciples told Jesus when Jesus asked, “Who do… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I want to begin my homily by reminding you of the words we heard in our first reading from Nehemiah: He read out of the book from daybreak till midday, in the presence of the men, the women, and those children old enough to understand; and all the people listened attentively to the… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time