Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

Today’s readings St. Lawrence was a deacon of the early Church, who was charged with the care of the goods of the Church.  Legend has it that he was called in by the Prefect of Rome, who had just killed Pope Sixtus II, whose memorial was last week.  The Prefect told Lawrence that he wanted… Continue reading Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

Monday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Give them some food yourselves.” That’s what Jesus says to the disciples.  Yes, it would be easier to send the people away so they can fend for themselves.  But that’s not how God wants to feed them, and Jesus won’t hear of it.  “Give them some food yourselves.”  That had to be more… Continue reading Monday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Easter Thursday

Today’s readings Can you imagine how the disciples were feeling at this point?  Prior to today’s Gospel selection, the women found the empty tomb, Peter has seen the Lord, and the two disciples had experienced him in the breaking of the bread on the way to Emmaus.  Their minds were most likely reeling with excitement;… Continue reading Easter Thursday

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Caiaphas had no idea how prophetic his words were. Actually, as far as the intent of his words went, they were nothing but selfish. The Jews didn’t want to lose their standing with the Romans. As it was, they had an uneasy peace. The Romans pretty much let them practice their religion as… Continue reading Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

The Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings What would you give up for love? Today’s first reading puts poor Abraham in an awful position. Remember, he and Sarah were childless well into their old age. And it is only upon entering into relationship with God that that changes. God gives them a son, along with a promise, that he would… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Lent

Friday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This morning we have to wrestle with the question: is there something in my life that distracts me from living my life as God intended that I need to cut out?  It’s a ruthless image that we find in our Gospel reading: gouge out an eye, cut off a hand – all of… Continue reading Friday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Sometimes God’s blessings can be challenging.  For example, we might not think that those who are meek and those who mourn are blessed.  And we certainly wouldn’t celebrate the blessings of those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, would we?  It’s even more challenging when we remember that the word “blessed”… Continue reading Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Loving Communities of Faith

Today’s readings Today’s second reading is certainly familiar to anyone who has been to a church wedding. It’s easy to see why so many couples would choose that reading: the romantic nature of the love they have for one another wants a reading as sweet and beautiful as this to be proclaimed at their wedding.… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Loving Communities of Faith

The Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time: Going “All In”

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel has some rather obvious applications, not all of which are entirely accurate. For example, many may hear this Gospel reading as a condemnation of the rich or a warning against having too much money. Indeed, riches can be a distraction and an obstacle to a relationship with the Lord. Saint Paul… Continue reading The Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time: Going “All In”

The Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings What would you give up for love? Today’s first reading puts poor Abraham in an awful position. Remember, he and Sarah were childless well into their old age. And it is only upon entering into relationship with God that that changes. God gives them a son, along with a promise, that he would… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Lent