Friday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readingsToday is the Mass for the last day of our school year, before the children (and the staff) head out to summer break. Jesus is always seeking to make things new.  When he came into the world, he didn’t come into the world to keep things the way they were.  He intended to cast… Continue reading Friday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Repentance, friends, is a highly underrated activity. I remember back in 2012, just after we started using the new translation of the Roman Missal, on Ash Wednesday, I was giving folks their ashes.  As I usually do, I used both of the little instructions as I gave the ashes.  One of them says this: “Repent,… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We’ve had these parables about the Kingdom of Heaven a bunch lately.  At Sunday Mass over the past few weeks, and we’re now working through them at daily Mass.  One thing we can say about them is that they are head-scratchers for sure!  I am sure we can all understand how the people… Continue reading Monday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today I want to talk about the way we worship.  And I’m not talking about wearing a mask, or social distancing, or even the rudimentary parts of worship like genuflecting or singing or observing silence, as important as those things are.  In fact, I’m not talking about worship in the sense of what… Continue reading The Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Wow.  If ever there was a frightening Gospel reading, I think we just heard it!  All this talk about beating the menservants and the maidservants, and the hope of being beaten “only lightly.”  Yikes.  Even the whole notion of the Son of Man coming at an hour we do not expect is pretty concerning.  We almost want to… Continue reading The Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel calls us to examine our perspective. Jesus asks, “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?” Well, those men he talked to were shepherds, or had shepherds in… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel is an impetus for the third Luminous Mystery of the Rosary: the proclamation of the Kingdom of God with its call to repentance.  Jesus charges his Apostles to go out and proclaim that the Kingdom is at hand, with all its accompanying signs and wonders.  We have to understand that this… Continue reading Thursday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I really don’t have a green thumb, but for a while when I was young, I was very interested in growing things. My grandmother on my dad’s side had quite the green thumb: anything she planted grew to be quite prolific.  I have whatever the opposite of that is! But still, I have always been… Continue reading The Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I’ve often heard stories of those who grew up in the great depression.  Many years later, they still had deeply engrained in them the scrupulous care for everything they have that was etched into their very being during that horrible time in our history.  They spent a lifetime wasting nothing, even hoarding things. … Continue reading The Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This week in my bulletin column, I have a reflection on the introductory rites of Mass.  But maybe in the homily, we can take a step back from that and think about what we’re supposed to do before Mass.  And what we do before Mass, and I mean before we even come to… Continue reading The Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time