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

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Today’s readings In today’s Gospel, Peter and the others are asked, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” Now, both Peter and Paul were committed to the truth about who Christ was.  They had too much at stake to let that go.  They had both messed up their estimation of who Jesus was: Peter… Continue reading Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

The Third Sunday of Easter: Do You Love Me More Than These?

Today’s readings What Satan wants is a community of disciples so mired in their sins, that they do nothing to foster the Kingdom of God and live the Gospel. Bookmark that thought, because I’ll come back to it in a bit. I love today’s Gospel because it features one of my favorite characters, Saint Peter.… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Easter: Do You Love Me More Than These?

Saturday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One of the most vivid Church memories I have was of a friend who was making final vows as a Benedictine many years ago now. It was a very beautiful Mass, but what really stood out so vividly to me was that, while the assembly sang the Litany of the Saints and my friend… Continue reading Saturday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Ascension of Our Lord

Today’s readings When I was on my pastoral internship in seminary, my supervisor and I talked about the fact that our Liturgy is very wordy. Think about it: all of the prayers and readings and songs – it’s a lot of words to take in in an hour or less, but we do it all… Continue reading The Ascension of Our Lord

The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Stewardship Sunday

Today’s readings This is indeed our home.  It can be easy to come to think of this place as a school, or an auditorium, or even as a worship space and fills a function and other than that, doesn’t mean anything different.  But as I said in the video this is our home: this is… Continue reading The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Stewardship Sunday

Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter 

1568 --- Saint Paul at Ephesus by Maarten de Vos --- Image by © Francis G. Mayer/Corbis

Today’s readings  Today’s Liturgy of the Word represents a kind of wrap-up to the lives of St. Paul and Jesus, respectively. They both have completed the mission for which they had been sent, and both are now giving the mission back to God who would continue it as He alone saw fit. Paul’s mission had… Continue reading Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter 

The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So Jesus’ ministry is ramping up into full gear. In order to prepare the places he intends to visit, he sends out seventy-two disciples, in pairs, to prepare the way. They are going to do some of the same things he will do: curing the sick, healing the broken, and preaching the Kingdom… Continue reading The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings Today’s first reading and Gospel present a kind of wrap-up to the lives of St. Paul and Jesus, respectively. They both have completed the mission for which they had been sent, and both are now giving the mission back to God who would continue it as He alone saw fit. Paul’s mission had… Continue reading Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

The Third Sunday of Easter: Do You Love Me More Than These?

Today’s readings What Satan wants is a community of disciples so mired in their sins, that they do nothing to foster the Kingdom of God and live the Gospel. Bookmark that thought, because I’ll come back to it in a bit. I love today’s Gospel because it features one of my favorite characters, Saint Peter.… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Easter: Do You Love Me More Than These?