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

Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Listen again to those words of hope from the Gospel I just read: “And I tell you, ask and you will receive;seek and you will find;knock and the door will be opened to you.For everyone who asks, receives;and the one who seeks, finds;and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings The readings for these early days of Lent are focused on teaching us how to accomplish the various disciplines of Lent – which really are the various disciplines of the spiritual life. The whole point is that we enter more deeply into the spiritual life during these days of Lent, with a view… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Lent

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

The First Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings The devil wants more than anything for us to forget who we are.  He really didn’t care if Jesus ruined his fast by turning some stones into bread, or if he killed himself trying to test God, and he certainly had no intention of making him king of the world.  What he wanted, what he… Continue reading The First Sunday of Lent

The Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In my first priestly assignment, at Saint Raphael in Naperville, there was a huge football program for elementary school kids called Saint Raphael Football.  It was not just a team, but a league, and lots of surrounding churches had teams in the league.  You couldn’t live in Naperville and not have heard of Saint Raphael… Continue reading The Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Teach Us to Pray

Today’s readings Today’s liturgy is a call to persistent prayer.  Prayer is a tool that we must hone and use and perfect over a lifetime of discipleship. Sometimes our prayer life may be rich: we hear what God wants for us and we find ourselves connected to God throughout the day.  Sometimes our prayer life may seem to… Continue reading The Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Teach Us to Pray

Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So today we learn that just because we call on the Lord, that doesn’t mean that the Lord is at our whim, someone we can summon in the same way as we press a button on the remote and the television comes to life. That’s what the whole nasty business with Abram and… Continue reading Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time