The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Today’s readings The Paschal Triduum, as you may know, is a long, three-day liturgy that begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, continues with the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday, and concludes tonight, here, as we celebrate the Great Easter Vigil in the Holy Night.  So right now,… Continue reading The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Today’s readings Today’s two readings remind us of what Lent is all about.  During Lent, we remember that our Lord, who came down from heaven to earth to save us from our sins and re-connect us with the love of God, paid the price for our many sins by laying down his own life.  And… Continue reading Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s reading My grandmother used to say that, although she liked to read the Bible, she really didn’t like the Old Testament because of all the violence.  And certainly today’s first reading helps me to understand how she felt.  But it’s a reading that I think has very important things to say about the spiritual… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday Within the Octave of Christmas

Today’s readings What did you get for Christmas?  Was it everything you’d hoped for?  Or are you at that stage of life where gifts are nice, but you really don’t need anything special?  A lot of my family has come to that point, because we’re at that point where the gifts aren’t so important as… Continue reading Thursday Within the Octave of Christmas

The Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s gospel reading is a rather heartbreaking story, to be honest.  The rich young man is obviously a follower of the law and a religious man, because he is able to talk to Jesus about his observance of the law.  But when Jesus tells him to let go of what he has in… Continue reading The Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time: Votive Mass of the Precious Blood of Jesus

Today’s readings God’s blessings aren’t always things that might spring to mind when we think of blessings we would like.  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… Continue reading Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time: Votive Mass of the Precious Blood of Jesus

Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Today’s first reading always fascinates me.  Paul and Silas are in a terrible situation, not for the first or last time, I might add.  But just look at how their vibrant faith allows God to do things in and through them that are nothing short of miraculous.  First, there’s the earthquake that brings… Continue reading Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

The Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings What would you give up for love? That’s the question I want us to focus on today because I think it is, perhaps, the question of the spiritual life.  What is it that we are willing to give up for love?  And I’ll be honest: this set of readings gets me every time,… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Lent

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Adventskranz 4. Advent

Today’s readings Do you remember the best gift you ever got?  What was it?  Who gave it to you?  How long did it last?  Do you still have it?  Every gift is a little different: some are big, some are small, some make a lasting impact, some are used up and soon forgotten.  The best gifts, I think, are those… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Advent

The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Hans Schäufelein (German, Nuremberg ca. 1480–ca. 1540 Nördlingen) The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, from Das Plenarium, 1517 German, Woodcut (hand-colored); Sheet: 3 11/16 × 2 11/16 in. (9.4 × 6.8 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Harry G. Friedman, 1961 (61.663.342) http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/670694

Today’s readings I wonder if you find this Gospel parable a little aggravating.  I have heard it many times now, and I certainly have bristled with aggravation on occasion when I’ve heard it.  And, as I often say, it’s good when the Gospel gets us a little riled up, because that means God is doing something in… Continue reading The Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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