Thursday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

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Today’s readings Amos and Jesus are prophetic voices that we hear in our Scriptures this morning.  Unfortunately, as is often the case with prophets, neither is a welcome voice.  Amos makes it clear that he is not speaking on his own, or even because he wanted to.  If it were up to him, he’d go back to being… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings There’s a little Christian Science church in the town where I grew up, on Main Street, just north of the downtown area.  They don’t anymore, but they used to list their upcoming sermon topic, followed by the line “All are welcome.”  Imagine my surprise when one day, the topic was going to be eternal punishment.  So… Continue reading The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Would that all of the people of the LORD were prophets!

Today’s readings Would that all the people of the LORD were prophets! Would that the LORD might bestow his spirit on them all! When we think about prophets and prophecy, I think our minds always take us to ancient days.  All the prophets we can think of lived many centuries ago: Moses, Elijah, Jeremiah, Amos… Continue reading The Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Would that all of the people of the LORD were prophets!

Thursday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Amos and Jesus are prophetic voices that we hear in our Scriptures this morning.  Unfortunately, as is often the case with prophets, neither is a welcome voice.  Amos makes it clear that he is not speaking on his own, or even because he wanted to. If it were up to him, he’d go… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Many of us have probably had to deal with a situation when people were working against us, or at least it seemed that way. Maybe they were spreading lies about us, trying to get others to work against us. So I think today we find ourselves in good company. Today’s readings find the… Continue reading Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

The Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings When we think about prophets and prophecy, I think our minds always take us to ancient days. All the prophets we can think of lived many centuries ago: Moses, Elijah, Jeremiah, Amos and all the rest, right up to John the Baptist who was the last of the prophets of old and the… Continue reading The Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time 

Today Jesus tussles not with the scribes and Pharisees as he often does, but instead with the people of his own home town. They are amazed at his words and speak highly of him, right up until the time when he begins to challenge them. Then they have no more use for him. They become… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time 

Saturday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It’s dangerous to be a prophet.  It’s dangerous because nobody wants to really hear the truth.  Both Jeremiah and Saint John the Baptist find that out very clearly in today’s Scripture readings.  Both of them insisted on proclaiming the truth, and both of them ultimately paid for it with their lives, although Jeremiah… Continue reading Saturday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s readings Why is the human heart so much opposed to hearing the truth and acting on it? I remember as a child I used to hate it when my parents would tell me something and turn out to be right. If the truth be told, I probably still struggle with that a little today.… Continue reading Monday of the Third Week of Lent

Saint John of the Cross

Today’s readings Today at Mass we hear from three prophets.  A prophet is a person who helps us to see God.  And during Advent these prophets help us to see God coming to be born in us. And we have to admit: lots of times we don’t see God.  We’re either too busy to notice… Continue reading Saint John of the Cross