The Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings When I was in seminary, I had a Scripture professor who, when someone would make an insightful comment or answer a question correctly, would exclaim, quoting Jesus in today’s Gospel reading, “You are not far from the kingdom of God!”  That comment, made to the scribe at the end of the reading, is… Continue reading The Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

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

The Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings If you’ve been to any number of Church weddings, you have probably heard today’s first reading, and part of the Gospel proclaimed.  Obviously we usually leave out the part about divorce, but these readings are quite popular for weddings.  The reason, of course, is that the story is about how man and woman… Continue reading The Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time [Mass of the Holy Spirit]

Today’s readings (Mass for the school children.) I can’t think of any better way to celebrate the beginning of the school year than by giving a teacher a pop quiz!  You can all relax: I’m not really going to do that.  But that’s what is going on in the Gospel reading today.  The Pharisees are a group of… Continue reading Friday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time [Mass of the Holy Spirit]

Thursday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings reveal the power of God’s love in the world.  Joseph’s brothers didn’t realize they were, in fact, in the presence of the “dreamer” they had sold into slavery.  But his forgiveness of them shows that God’s love and providence overcome even the most grievous of sins.  Jesus sends his apostles out… Continue reading Thursday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings “Do you love me more than these?” It’s a question that cuts to the heart.  Peter had just betrayed his friendship with Jesus and his commitment to the Gospel by denying his Lord not once, but three times: “I tell you, I do not know the man you are talking about.”  This is… Continue reading Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings It’s interesting to me that some of the first things we ever learn about God are also some of the most foundational, most important things we learn about God.  One such notion is that God is love.  We’ve learned that, probably, when we were small children.  But theologically, it bears out and serves… Continue reading The Sixth Sunday of Easter

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Today’s readings Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!¡Cristo ha resucitado!  ¡Él ha resucitado!  ¡Aleluya! If anyone’s counting, this has been a very long Mass so far.  And I don’t mean just the blessing of the fire and the candle, the singing of the Exsultet, and the rather extended Liturgy of the Word that… Continue reading The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord

Today’s readings I think if we had to sum up the Liturgy today with a contemporary quip, it might be, “Well, that escalated quickly!”  In the first Gospel we heard, during the blessing of the palms, Jesus triumphantly enters into Jerusalem for the festival.  He enters in humility, on a colt, not a horse signifying a warrior… Continue reading Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord

The Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings What would you give up for love? That’s the question I want us to focus on today because I think it is, perhaps, the question of the spiritual life.  What is it that we are willing to give up for love?  And I’ll be honest: this set of readings gets me every time,… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Lent