The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So often, when someone thanks us for something, we might say, “It’s the least I could do.”  As if it were some kind of badge of achievement to do the least thing possible.  I think it’s human nature to try to do as little as possible, without being perceived as lazy or something.… Continue reading The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time: My Soul is Thirsting

Today’s readings Jude, perhaps the relative of Jesus and James (not James the apostle!), writes some words of exhortation in today’s first reading. He calls on his hearers to build themselves up in the faith, and show that by extending mercy and correction to sinners.  All of this is a development, of course, of the Law,… Continue reading Saturday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time: My Soul is Thirsting

Friday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It could have been jealousy.  Or maybe they just felt threatened.  Either way, the Pharisees had lost sight of the mission. You could see how they would have been jealous: here they are working long and hard to take care of the many prescripts of their religion, attending with exacting detail to the… Continue reading Friday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings  Would that we all would be, as St. Paul said, transformed from glory into glory. But the problem is, we get caught up in all the wrong kinds of things. Which is exactly what he was cautioning the Corinthians against, and what Jesus was condemning the Scribes and Pharisees for doing in today’s… Continue reading Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So often, when someone thanks us for something, we might say, “It’s the least I could do.” As if it were some kind of badge of achievement to do the least thing possible. I think it’s human nature to try to do as little as possible, without being perceived as lazy or something.… Continue reading The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings ask us to ponder the question, “what do we have to do to remain in covenant with God?”  And the question, I think, is an important one.  We would want to respond to God’s gracious act of making covenant with us first.  We see in today’s readings that he chose us… Continue reading Friday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In today’s Gospel story, the Pharisees are supposedly defending the law that the Sabbath was a day of rest, in accordance with the Third Commandment.  What the disciples were doing though, was to provide food for their own hunger.  The disciples weren’t rich men, and so we can probably surmise that they depended… Continue reading Friday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Wednesday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The requirements of discipleship cannot be reduced to mere observance of law, and a checklist of things to do.  Paying tithes and keeping feast days are important, but eclipsing them in importance is loving others as Christ does.  We disciples are called to bear others’ burdens, loving God and neighbor, setting aside our… Continue reading Wednesday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy of the Word asks us to ponder the question, “what do we have to do to remain in covenant with God?”  And the question, I think, is an important one.  We would want to respond to God’s gracious act of covenanting with us first.  We see in today’s readings that he… Continue reading Friday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Maybe you remember memorizing the Ten Commandments as a child.  I do.  I sometimes think that memorizing things is a lost art.  Certainly memorizing things like the Ten Commandments doesn’t happen as much as it used to, and that’s too bad.  The Psalmist is the one who tells us why today: “The precepts… Continue reading Friday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time