Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

Today’s readings Letting go of things is harder than we can sometimes even admit.  I think that’s what was going on with Mary Magdalene.  And we are just like her: we want to hold on to things and people as they are, because what is familiar is so very comfortable to us.  I think sometimes… Continue reading Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

Easter Tuesday

Today’s readings Letting go of things is harder than we can sometimes even admit.  I think that’s what was going on with Mary Magdalene.  And we are just like her: we want to hold on to things and people as they are, because what is familiar is so very comfortable to us.  I think sometimes… Continue reading Easter Tuesday

Easter Tuesday

Today’s Readings Letting go of things is harder than we can sometimes even admit.  I think that’s what was going on with Mary Magdalene.  And we are just like her: we want to hold on to things and people as they are, because what is familiar is so very comfortable to us.  I think sometimes… Continue reading Easter Tuesday

The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Stop Hoarding!

Today’s readings Once in a while in the news, you will hear a story of someone who has hoarded possessions so much as to put them in danger. A while ago, I remember hearing of someone who had passed away, and rescuers needed to cut a hole in the roof in order to remove the… Continue reading The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Stop Hoarding!

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent: Letting Go of Passing Things

Today’s readings I’m going to say something that is probably going to make you think I’m wrong. And that is that the great sin of the rich man was not the sin of neglecting poor Lazarus. Sure, that was certainly bad, but his greatest sin, I think, was that he trusted in himself instead of… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Lent: Letting Go of Passing Things

Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings A friend of mine told me that a wise old nun once taught him, “Work like everything depends on you, but pray like everything depends on God.”  It’s good advice, because everything, of course, does depend on God, but God expects us to work in cooperation with him, so that his will be… Continue reading Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So the question today is, what is it that holds us back?  The rich young man seemed to have it all together: he acknowledged Jesus as the good teacher, so he must have been familiar with what Jesus said and did.  He says he kept all the commandments, so he certainly had a… Continue reading Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [C]

Today’s readings This has been a rather busy pastoral week for me.  I’ve had a couple of funerals this week, and seem to have been called to the hospital a little more frequently than what I’d consider usual.  I’ve ministered to a couple whose baby was stillborn; I anointed a child and a woman in… Continue reading The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [C]

Monday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings There’s an old joke about a man who, while walking through the countryside one day, was distracted and fell over a cliff.  On the way down, he managed – just barely – to grab on to a branch of an overhanging tree.  As he hung there, he quickly realized that he couldn’t hold… Continue reading Monday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings remind us of the danger of holding on to things that have no permanence.  The rich young man in today’s gospel reading discovers that following the rules is only just a good start; to really gain heaven you must be willing to let go of the fading riches of this world. … Continue reading Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

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