The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So often, when someone thanks us for something, we might say, “It’s the least I could do.”  As if it were some kind of badge of achievement to do the least thing possible.  I think it’s human nature to try to do as little as possible, without being perceived as lazy or something. … Continue reading The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings When I think about this Gospel reading, I wonder what’s really going on.  Were the Pharisees really concerned that the Sabbath was being violated, and that people were not experiencing sabbath rest from their labors so that they could grow in relationship with their God?  Probably not.  Contextually, we can see how the Pharisees were being… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings I love the readings we have today!  Susanna’s story is one of the most eloquent in the Old Testament Scriptures: in it we see the wisdom of the prophet Daniel, as well as the mercy and justice of God.  This story is certainly echoed in our Gospel reading about the acquittal of the woman caught… Continue reading Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings This homily was for the school children. I recorded a Liturgy of the Word for them to see during the time when they’d usually have a school Mass, but can’t now because of COVID-19. When I was a young person – many years ago now! – in my town, it mattered where you… Continue reading Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Friday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings Today’s readings remind us that Lent is no time for “business as usual.” It’s not enough for us to merely claim to be righteous, because righteousness, literally a right relationship, means that righteous actions must back our lofty words. And so today we are called to a righteousness that surpasses the scribes and… Continue reading Friday of the First Week of Lent

The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This weekend we continue our preaching series at Saint Mary Immaculate called “A Crash Course in Catholicism.”  Please continue to pray for the success of this preaching series, and for the openness for all to receive the grace God is pouring out on us in these days.   So far we have spoken about… Continue reading The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Return and live!” This is very good advice from the prophet Ezekiel.  He was preaching to a nation that was steeped in sin, and whose sinfulness was passed on from previous generations.  But unlike the punishments of old, where God punished those who sinned for many generations, Ezekiel proclaimed that God was going… Continue reading Saturday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s homily is lectio brevis because our parish mission speaker presented the first of his talks at Mass today. Today, very briefly, I want to talk to you about our need for repentance, reconciliation, and forgiveness.  Jesus makes it very clear in today’s Gospel that the spirit of the law is worth focusing on,… Continue reading The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The thing is, you know, the Pharisee was quite right. His righteousness was beyond reproach. He has been innocent of greed, dishonesty and adultery. He has been more pious than even the law requires. Fasting was only required once a year, on the Day of Atonement, but he fasts twice a week. Tithes… Continue reading The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Memorial Day

Readings: Isaiah 32:15-18 | Psalm 72 | Matthew 5:1-12a Mass of Peace and Justice One of the effects of a presidential election year for me, is taking a long hard look at who we hold up as our leaders or our heroes. In some ways these days, a presidential election is an emergence of whoever… Continue reading Memorial Day