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

The Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings At the core of salvation and the message of the Gospel, Jesus came to forgive sinners and to make things right so that all might go to live in the eternal kingdom.  He came to give new life to sinners and to show them the way to the kingdom.  It’s in that spirit that I… Continue reading The Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Some people say all you need to do is make a one-time decision to accept Jesus as your personal Savior and you’re saved. If salvation were something magical that came about as the result of just saying a simple prayer, once and for all, then why wouldn’t everyone do that? The fact is,… Continue reading Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

The Sixth a Day in 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 The Sixth a Day in the Octave of Christmas

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings Advent is a season of anticipation: God’s promises echo through the Old Testament, and in these Advent days, we see those promises coming to fruition in exciting and world-changing ways.  Today’s feast is a glorious glimpse of that reality. We are honored today to celebrate the patronal feast day of our parish and… Continue reading The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings If we take one thought out of Lent, it should be this: we need a Savior. Even before Jesus’ time, Esther knew this. Esther’s adoptive father Mordecai was a deeply religious man. His devotion incurred the wrath of Haman the Agagite, who was a court official of King Ahasuerus of Persia. Mordecai refused… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Lent

The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Night

Today’s readings Often when we get to Christmas time, we think about our Christmases past: who we were with, where we were, how we celebrated.  Sometimes we might remember the gifts we receive, sometimes not.  For me, what I remember most is the joy of being with my family and the love that we shared certainly marked… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Night

Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent

Today’s readings In this morning’s readings, our God is doing everything possible to get our attention. Salvation is God’s number one priority and he won’t rest until all have come to it. And so he sends Isaiah to “cry out” so many truths that we need to absorb: flesh is fading, but the word of… Continue reading Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent