Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings During this first week of Lent, our Liturgies of the Word are teaching us about the Lenten disciplines: fasting, almsgiving and prayer.  On Tuesday, we heard the Lord’s prayer, and today we hear the prayer of Esther and Jesus’ injunction to persistence in prayer. I love the story of Esther, and as I… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Lent

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

Friday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings Sometimes people say they aren’t giving up something for Lent, they’re just going to try to do something positive. I think that can be a little permissively vague, to be honest. I usually tell people it doesn’t just have to be one or the other.  In fact, the Church teaches that it shouldn’t… Continue reading Friday after Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. Today we begin something really important.  And I don’t mean just the smudging of our foreheads with the ashes of burnt palms.  That’s just an outward sign.  What I mean is the inward activity those ashes represent, what our collect… Continue reading Ash Wednesday

Monday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time – Presidents’ Day

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Today’s readings So the disciples are waiting for Jesus to come down the mountain after the Transfiguration.  They have attempted to cure a man’s son from the hold of a demon, but they were apparently unable to do so.  This seems to have led to an argument between them and the scribes.  You can almost… Continue reading Monday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time – Presidents’ Day

Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Our readings have been reminding us that the night is far spent and the day is drawing near.  We are called upon today to remain vigilant so that we do not miss the second coming of the Lord.  And it is well that we receive that warning today, on the cusp as we are of… Continue reading Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Try as we might for perfection in our journey of faith, we all of us stumble and fall sometimes.  That’s just the way, unfortunately, it is in this fallen world.  But that being the case, we have in our Liturgy of the Word this morning some saints who can accompany us on this… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings Someone reminded me that last year, I proclaimed that Lent to be the “Lentiest Lent that ever Lented!”  Certainly we have just been through a very Lenty year, with the specter of a pandemic, the sadness of racial injustice and social unrest, the frustration of political rancor, and all the rest.  The arrival of Lent… Continue reading Ash Wednesday

The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Heaven knows there are a lot of experts out there, or at least people who claim to be experts.  That’s why blogs and comments posted on news stories and Facebook are so popular: everyone claims to know something about everything.  Or at least it sure seems that way.  Certainly, it should give us… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” In today’s gospel reading, Jesus has just been given a great complement and he responds to it kind of brusquely, or at least it seems that way.  Earlier in this eleventh chapter of Luke, Jesus has taught the disciples to pray, teaching… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

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