The Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time: Giving Everything

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel has some rather obvious applications, not all of which are entirely accurate. For example, many may hear this Gospel reading as a condemnation of the rich or a warning against having too much money or pursuing wealth. Indeed, riches can be a distraction and an obstacle to a relationship with the… Continue reading The Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time: Giving Everything

The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings There’s a principle in the spiritual life known in Greek as kenosis.  Nobody likes to talk about it.  It’s nicer to talk about the consolations of prayer and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and things like that.  But nobody likes to talk about kenosis because, in English, we would translate that something like “self-emptying.”  That… Continue reading The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

"Christ's gift of giving up his life is so valuable that it outweighs every offense committed from the dawn of time until the end of the world." (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston) With FAITH ALIVE! No. 11, STORIES, March 11, 2013.

Today’s readings Last night, I talked about the New Testament theme of kenosis, which is the idea of self-emptying, of pouring oneself out.  Last night, we talked about that in terms of the call to service: that Jesus himself got up from table, tied a towel around himself and took the lowest position, washing the… Continue reading Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel gives us a very interesting start to the Sacred Paschal Triduum.  This three-day-long-feast begins with a meal, which makes sense.  But it’s a meal interrupted by a very important teaching.  I think it’s fair to say that Jesus never did anything without also trying to teach something important in the process. … Continue reading Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings There’s a principle in the spiritual life known in Greek as kenosis. Nobody likes to talk about it. It’s nicer to talk about the consolations of prayer and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and things like that. But nobody likes to talk about kenosis because, in English, we would translate that something… Continue reading The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Today’s readings We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered. The Church sees this evening’s Mass as the beginning of a three-day Liturgy that embodies our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection. These three days are the Paschal… Continue reading Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time [Cycle B]

Today’s Readings So the problem is, nobody ever becomes rich and famous by being righteous.  How many people even care about the idea of being righteous?  The world is so often full of jealousy and selfish ambition.  Indeed, we commend people who make amazing business deals (for themselves, anyway), who get ahead (regardless of the… Continue reading The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time [Cycle B]

Monday of Holy Week

Today’s readings There are two things going on in today’s Scripture readings.  First, we have the Jews, and now Judas among them, who are very jealous of Jesus and are seeking to arrest and kill him.  And not just him, but anyone who encourages people to believe in him, like Lazarus in today’s Gospel.  In… Continue reading Monday of Holy Week

Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time [B]

Today’s readings Nobody ever becomes rich and famous by being righteous.    We may never forget who interrupted an awards show or a presidential press conference with an immature comment, but the most truly righteous people will hardly be remembered. How many people even care about the idea of being righteous?  The world is so often… Continue reading Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time [B]