Saturday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In today’s Gospel, we have the continued Epiphany of Jesus manifested as one who identifies with sinners. That is not, of course, to say that he was a sinner; quite the contrary, because we know that Jesus was like us in all things but sin. In this Gospel passage, though, we see that… Continue reading Saturday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

The Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Discourse IV: Choosing the Table of the Lord

Today’s readings Today we have set before us two tables.  One is the incredibly rich banquet of wisdom, and the other…  let’s call it the fast food of foolishness, I guess.  What we need to ask ourselves today is, at which table have we been eating, and is that where we want to find our… Continue reading The Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Discourse IV: Choosing the Table of the Lord

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Vigil Mass)

Today’s readings The tradition of the Assumption of Mary dates back to the very earliest days of the Church, all the way back to the days of the apostles.  The Council of Chalcedon in 451 tells us that, after Mary’s death, the apostles opened the tomb, finding it empty, and concluded that she had been… Continue reading The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Vigil Mass)

Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Things are starting to get real for those first followers of Jesus.  Jesus speaks to his disciples at the beginning of today’s Gospel reading about his impending demise.  He foretells that he will be handed over and killed.  And the disciples are overwhelmed with grief.  Certainly we can resonate with their grief.  They’ve… Continue reading Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Today’s readings “Do not be amazed!” – I just love that line in the Gospel.  We have to get behind the sentiment of that statement today if we are to really understand what this day is all about.  We believe in a God who is very surprising.  All through the Bible, we can read stories… Continue reading Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

The Fourth Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings Traditionally, today is Laetare Sunday – laetare being Latin for “rejoice.” Sometimes this Sunday is celebrated by the wearing of rose-colored vestments, rather than the Lenten violet.  Laetare Sunday reminds us that even in the “heaviness” of Lent, there is reason for rejoicing.  And today’s readings do deal with some heavy topics, but clearly and always through the… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Lent

Monday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We could look at today’s Gospel reading as an interesting miracle story of Jesus casting a demon out of a long-possessed man. But I think we should dig a little deeper than that this morning. Because many of us, I think, have to tangle with the unclean spirits from the tombs that infest… Continue reading Monday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Easter Tuesday

Today’s Readings Letting go of things is harder than we can sometimes even admit.  I think that’s what was going on with Mary Magdalene.  And we are just like her: we want to hold on to things and people as they are, because what is familiar is so very comfortable to us.  I think sometimes… Continue reading Easter Tuesday

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Today’s readings And so it begins.  We who have been keeping Lent these forty days are coming to Lent’s fulfillment.  Over the course of this week, we will gather several times to mark the events that have won our salvation.  On Thursday, we will gather at 7pm to celebrate the Lord’s Supper: that night when… Continue reading Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Suffering, Redemption and Glory

Today’s readings The talk of mourning and death in today’s Liturgy of the Word reminds us of a couple of really important life principles. The first is that we will have to suffer and mourn in this life, because this life is riddled with sorrows. We saw that clearly in Orlando this past week, and… Continue reading The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Suffering, Redemption and Glory