The Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Come and Rest a While

Today’s readings I think a lot of us can identify with what’s going on in today’s Gospel reading. Jesus and the Twelve had been working hard: they had just been out on mission, proclaiming the Gospel and the Kingdom of God, casting out demons, and healing the sick.  It was hard work.  Some of it… Continue reading The Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Come and Rest a While

Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The leader of the synagogue had it all wrong, and he of all people should have known what was right. God always intended the Sabbath day to be a day of rest, yes, but also of healing, also of mercy. There is no way that we can rest if we are in need… Continue reading Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

The Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I think a lot of us can identify with what’s going on in today’s Gospel reading. Jesus and the Twelve had been working hard: they had just been out on mission, proclaiming the Gospel and the Kingdom of God, and healing the sick. They were busy, they were tired, but they were excited.… Continue reading The Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Labor Day

Today’s readings:   Genesis 1:26 – 2:3, Psalm 128; Matthew 6:31-34 Today, we’ve gathered to celebrate and bless human labor.  Human labor is a cornerstone of our society and our world, dating all the way back to the creation of the world, as today’s first reading shows us.  We know that, at the completion of the creation… Continue reading Labor Day

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In today’s first reading, King Solomon is asked a question that seems to me something like the fabled question that people get asked when they find a genie in a bottle.  Make a wish, and it’s yours.  Solomon has a relationship with the Lord, and so he treats the opportunity as something quite… Continue reading Saturday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Thritieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The leader of the synagogue had it all wrong, and he of all people should have known what was right.  God always intended the Sabbath day to be a day of rest, yes, but also of healing.  We find great healing when we rest, and so the healing of a person who had… Continue reading Monday of the Thritieth Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So what was at stake here?  Was it the Sabbath?  Not really. For Jesus, there wasn’t such a thing as a Sabbath breath from healing, and teaching, and bringing people to salvation.  So as he walked along with his disciples, it didn’t bother him that they were “working” by picking heads of grain… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today's readings [display_podcast] Today’s Scripture readings have some “sound bytes” that I have found most meaningful in my prayer life.  Isaiah’s profession of faith today says, “For it is you who have accomplished all we have done.”  What a beautiful thing for us to remember.  This one statement, if we integrate it into our prayer… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today's readings [display_podcast] This isn’t a rural, agricultural area – although of course, it once was.  And your preacher today is a city and suburb boy, so some of the rural and agricultural themes of today’s Scripture readings threaten to pass us by.  And that would be too bad, because these themes are at the… Continue reading Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time