The Ascension of the Lord

Today’s readings For the early Apostles and disciples, today’s feast had to be a kind of “now what?” experience for them. Think about what they’ve been through. Their Lord had been betrayed by one of their friends, he had been through a farce of a trial and put to death in a horrible, ignoble way,… Continue reading The Ascension of the Lord

The Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The very most important piece of the Gospel today comes right at the end, when Jesus says to the scribe: “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”  That’s actually a pretty remarkable thing for him to say, because he was always berating the scribes and Pharisees for not getting it, for… Continue reading The Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Sometimes the Gospel just makes good common sense.  Today, the Gospel expands on the Golden Rule, something we should all have learned when we were very little.  As my grandmother used to say, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.  But actually what Jesus is telling us today goes… Continue reading Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn

Today’s readings Today we observe the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.  This is a day that we cannot take lightly, and it is good that we begin it by celebrating Mass.  We all know the issue: so many children have been legally put to death since the Roe v. Wade… Continue reading Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn

Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time [B] – Respect Life Sunday

Today’s readings If you’ve been to any number of Church weddings, you have probably heard today’s first reading, and part of the Gospel proclaimed.  Obviously we usually leave out the part about divorce, but these readings are quite popular for weddings.  The reason, of course, is that the story is about how man and woman… Continue reading Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time [B] – Respect Life Sunday

Monday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time: Respect Life

Yesterday was the 39th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that in effect legalized abortion in the United States.  The Church teaches us that abortion is a violation of the fifth commandment, which states: “Thou shall not kill.”  Participation in an abortion – which includes having one, paying for one, encouraging one, performing one,… Continue reading Monday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time: Respect Life

Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time: Respect Life Sunday

Today’s readings Today, I’d like to share a bit more of a sermon than a homily, reflecting more on a specific topic than on the readings themselves.  I do this because today is Respect Life Sunday, and I think it’s important to be aware of what the Church teaches on this very important issue. I… Continue reading Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time: Respect Life Sunday

The Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time: Respect Life Sunday

Today’s readings How wonderful are the words we hear in today’s Gospel! “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” This raises important questions for us: how deep is our faith? What have we… Continue reading The Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time: Respect Life Sunday