The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Homecoming Mass for Benedictine University

Today’s readings Well, I would like to welcome all of you home to Benedictine University for Homecoming 2020.  Except, of course, that we aren’t at our “home”: we are celebrating this Mass at my parish, Saint Mary Immaculate in Plainfield, Illinois, a little over twenty miles south and west of the Lisle campus of Benedictine.  And, most… Continue reading The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Homecoming Mass for Benedictine University

The Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings If this isn’t a difficult Gospel passage to understand, I don’t think there is one!  What are we to make of such a convoluted story?  Surely we are not supposed to think that the king is God, are we?  I mean, why would Scripture portray God in such a terrible manner?  Do we want to believe in… Continue reading The Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer to the Elect

Today’s readings: Hosea 11:1, 3-4, 8e-9 | Psalm 23 | Romans 8:14-17, 26-27 | Matthew 6:9-13 Today we did the RCIA presentation of the Lord’s Prayer to the Elect at our evening Mass. There are special readings for that, as above. Where do you go when you’re at the end of your rope? Bob was… Continue reading Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer to the Elect

The Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I have to say, when the Scriptures talk about prayer, I get a little uneasy. Not because I don’t like to pray, or think prayer is a bad thing. But more because I think mostly we misunderstand prayer, and usually a brief mention in the readings can do more harm than good. This… Continue reading The Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings So, there’s our mission statement for Lent: “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  Our righteousness needs to exceed that of everyone else, or we will be missing out on the kingdom of God. So how far do we go with that?  Love our enemies?  Pray for those who persecute us?  I… Continue reading Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Monday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s first reading has always intrigued me, ever since I can remember hearing it as a child. God intends to destroy the city of Sodom because of its pervasive wickedness. Abraham, newly in relationship with God, stands up for the innocent of the city, largely because that was where his nephew, Lot, had… Continue reading Monday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time