Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings People often don’t really get who Jesus was and what he came to do.  So many people think it’s the “kumbaya” kind of love and harmony.  They would assert that Jesus was all about being peaceful and accepting.  But saying that is really misunderstanding Jesus and who he was and what he came to accomplish. Because… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

The Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy)

Today’s readings I know there is a hunger out there, a hunger for the Eucharist, a hunger for being here at church, a hunger for the community we are missing.  But part of me wonders a bit about where that is coming from.  I mean, prior to a month ago, we were open every day of the… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy)

Monday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.” I believe that one of the goals of all our lives is to find true peace. And unfortunately, we spend time looking for that peace in too many of the wrong places. We might think we can find peace in wealth, or status, or… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time

The Anniversary of the 9-11-01 Tragedy

Today’s readings Seventeen years ago today, I sat in my room at seminary waiting for my first class to begin.  My classmates were already in their first classes; I had taken that particular class in college, so I didn’t have to take it again in seminary.  While I waited for class to begin, I flipped… Continue reading The Anniversary of the 9-11-01 Tragedy

Independence Day

Today’s readings: Isaiah 57:15-19 | Philippians 4:6-9 | John 14:23-29 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,… Continue reading Independence Day

The Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

Today’s readings I often wonder what brings people to Mass on the Second Sunday of Easter.  We had crowds of people here last Sunday, as you know, but things this Sunday are, perhaps a bit unfortunately, back to normal.  The Easter duty is done, and most people go back to their normal Sunday routines, whatever… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

Easter Thursday 

Today’s readings  Can you imagine how the disciples were feeling at this point? Prior to today’s Gospel selection, the women found the empty tomb, Peter has seen the Lord, and the two disciples had experienced him in the breaking of the bread on the way to Emmaus. Their minds were most likely reeling with excitement;… Continue reading Easter Thursday 

Monday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time 

Today’s Readings  “In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.” I believe that one of the goals of all our lives is to find true peace. And unfortunately, we spend time looking for that peace in too many of the wrong places. We might think we can find peace in wealth, or status, or… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-first Week of Ordinary Time 

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Some of you might be thinking Saint Paul was a typical man. He’s almost stoned to death and left, in fact, for dead, and he gets up and enters the city like nothing was wrong. I don’t know about you, but if I barely weathered the storm of people throwing rocks at me… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Thursday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings If the readings today stir up feelings of anxiety in us, well, that’s to be expected. These are not readings of comfort and peace – anything but! And that’s just how the Lectionary is arranged. Every year at the end of the Church year – which this is – we have readings about… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time