Thursday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Sadly, the prayer that our Lord gave us to avoid multiplying words and babbling like the pagans can so much become for us an occasion to do that very thing.  We can rattle off the Lord’s Prayer so quickly and second-naturedly that we totally miss what we’re saying and miss the real grace of… Continue reading Thursday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

On earth as it is in Heaven

Today’s readings The prophet Isaiah and Jesus speak today about the great power of words. Isaiah speaks specifically of the power of God’s word, a word that will not return empty but will go out and accomplish the purpose for which God sent it.  We see the word that the prophet speaks of here, of course… Continue reading Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer to the Elect

Today’s readings: Hosea 11:1, 3-4, 8e-9 | Psalm 23 | Romans 8:14-17, 26-27 | Matthew 6:9-13 Today we did the RCIA presentation of the Lord’s Prayer to the Elect at our evening Mass. There are special readings for that, as above. Where do you go when you’re at the end of your rope? Bob was… Continue reading Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer to the Elect

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings #LentND The prophet Isaiah and Jesus speak today about the great power of words. Isaiah speaks specifically of the power of God’s word, a word that will not return empty but will go out and accomplish the purpose for which God sent it.  We see the word that the prophet speaks of here,… Continue reading Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings There is a deep-rooted desire in each of us for connection with our God.  This is not surprising, since God made us for himself.  Some people, of course, are more aware of it than others; you all would not be here for Mass this morning if you were not aware of it.  The… Continue reading Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings The prophet Isaiah and Jesus speak today about the great power of words. Isaiah speaks specifically of the power of God’s word, a word that will not return empty but will go out and accomplish the purpose for which God sent it. We see the word that the prophet speaks of here, of… Continue reading Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Thursday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I think it’s good to have this Gospel reading about the Lord’s prayer in today’s Liturgy of the Word.  So often with familiar prayers like this, we can say them so automatically that we can get to the end of the prayer without the prayer ever registering in our minds.  So when we… Continue reading Thursday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings Ancient sources say that we are to pray the Lord’s prayer at least seven times daily. Why? Because the Lord’s prayer in all its wonderful simplicity reminds us that we can turn to our heavenly Father who knows our needs and cares for our welfare. It reminds us that the best opportunities we… Continue reading Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s homily is a bit of a mystagogy on this familiar experience we have of praying the Lord’s Prayer.  Mystagogy is a kind of reflecting back on the mysteries.  Once we have experienced the mysteries and practices and rituals of our faith, it is important for us to reflect back on them, to… Continue reading Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today's readings [display_podcast] Sadly, the prayer that our Lord gave us to avoid multiplying words and babbling like the pagans can so much become for us an occasion to do that very thing.  We can rattle off the Lord’s Prayer so quickly and second-naturedly that we totally miss what we’re saying and miss the real… Continue reading Thursday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time