Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings My eldest niece is going to graduate from college this year; I can’t believe how time has flown.  But back when she was little, she knew how to wrap Uncle Patrick around her little finger.  I remember one time when we were out at the mall – you know, back when we could… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Give them some food yourselves.” That’s what Jesus says to the disciples.  Yes, it would be easier to send the people away so they can fend for themselves.  But that’s not how God wants to feed them, and Jesus won’t hear of it.  “Give them some food yourselves.”  That had to be more… Continue reading Monday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Some of us on the Liturgy staff were reflecting in the last couple of weeks that it’s nice to be in Ordinary Time.  The wonderful feast days and solemnities of the year are great, and we love them, but while we take care to celebrate them with festivity, they can take a lot of… Continue reading The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent

Today’s readings In this morning’s readings, our God is doing everything possible to get our attention. Salvation is God’s number one priority and he won’t rest until all have come to it. And so he sends Isaiah to “cry out” so many truths that we need to absorb: flesh is fading, but the word of… Continue reading Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent

The Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Bread of Life Discourse I – Jesus is Enough and More than Enough

Today’s readings Bishop Kaffer, of happy memory, used to say that every celebration of the Eucharist was a greater creative act than the creation of the universe.  Now I think greater theological minds than mine would likely debate that, but what Bishop Kaffer gets at is worth considering.  The Eucharist is an incredible miracle, and… Continue reading The Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Bread of Life Discourse I – Jesus is Enough and More than Enough

Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings My niece is now in college; I can’t believe how time has flown. But back when she was little, she knew how to wrap Uncle Patrick around her little finger. I remember one time when we were out at the mall, she said something like, “If you want, you can buy me a… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

The Nativity of the Lord: At the Mass During the Night

Today’s readings It’s all about the zeal of the Lord of Hosts! Because when you think about it, God doesn’t have to care about our welfare or our salvation.  He’s God, he’s not in need of anyone or anything, because he is all-sufficient.  He doesn’t need our love, he doesn’t need our praise, he doesn’t… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: At the Mass During the Night

The Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today's readings I have to tell you, we have two of my very favorite readings in today’s Liturgy of the Word.  I like them because they both show God interacting with us, his creatures, in powerful ways.  In the first reading, we see the prophet Elijah literally running for his life.  He has just embarrassed,… Continue reading The Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings What I think the folks in our first reading need to learn – and maybe us too – is that the spiritual life is always about the big picture.  The Israelites in today’s reading have completely rejected the God of their salvation.  God had taken them from abject slavery in Egypt, in which… Continue reading Monday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s readings I think most of the time, we really need to be reassured that we are in the hands of God.  Things here on earth can be pretty uncertain on a daily basis.  The state of the economy, wars being fought all over the globe, terrorism and natural disasters, the disrespect for human life,… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter