Tuesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Listen to those words of Jesus again: “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.” Those… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

The Epiphany of the Lord

Today’s readings “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?” This was the question those magi asked after their long and harrowing journey. They had observed the star at its rising and were proceeding to pay tribute to the newborn king. They brought with them gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. We know the story… Continue reading The Epiphany of the Lord

The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So over the past several Sundays, we have been seeing a lot of one of my favorite characters in the Gospel, and that is Saint Peter.  Just three weeks ago, the Apostles were out in a boat, and Jesus came to them on the water.  Saint Peter asked our Lord to command him… Continue reading The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but to be Catholic means being on the move.  Many of the ancient churches were built in a shape that evoked a ship, which hearkened back to Noah’s ark, which was a foreshadowing of the Church.  Just as that ark was the means of salvation for… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Easter

The Third Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings How often have you said something that began with “I’ll be happy when…”?  You know, “I’ll be happy when I’m done paying for the kids’ college tuition;” “I’ll be happy when I get that promotion;” “I’ll be happy when I lose that last ten pounds;” “I’ll be happy when I can afford that… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Easter

The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Journeying from Fear to Faith

Today’s readings Getting ready for Mass today, I thought about my Dad. Not just because it’s Father’s Day, although that’s certainly part of it. But partly because of today’s Gospel. The story we have here today speaks about a journey, and I’ll say more about that in a minute. My Dad was great for journeys:… Continue reading The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Journeying from Fear to Faith

Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It’s time to get going, to set out on the journey.  That’s the message of our Gospel today, and I think it’s a timely one, coming as it does as some of us are preparing for, or maybe even returning from, our summer vacations.  I have fond memories of taking vacations in the… Continue reading Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time