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

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.” That’s advice I wish I’d taken sometimes when I’ve been coming down with something and think, “oh, it’ll pass.”  The sick need a physician!  How often have we had what we thought was a little cold or seasonal illness end up being… Continue reading Saturday after Ash Wednesday

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

Holy Hour: Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Reading: Matthew 14:22-33 Why did you doubt? This is one of those Saint Peter stories in the Gospel that sometimes causes preachers to give Saint Peter a hard time about his “little faith.”  I think Saint Peter displayed great faith here, although with an admittedly somewhat-rocky execution.  And I think this wonderful little story – one of… Continue reading Holy Hour: Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

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 Fourth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings Some days, I think there isn’t much I would do for just five minutes of peace and quiet. If you’re a parent, maybe you’d amend that to longing for just five seconds of peace and quiet!  We are all probably sadly familiar with the many loud distractions our world puts before us.  And… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Monday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This is a tough text from the Gospel today.  Jesus says that “whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness…”  This seems to be an incongruous statement from Jesus, who came to be all about forgiveness.  That he would withhold it from any sinner is shocking, I think. But we have… Continue reading Monday of the Third Week 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

Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent

Today’s readings “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”  John the Baptist was certainly voicing the question others probably were asking; they may have been envisioning quite a different kind of savior, one who was strict and zealous, who sought to restore Israel to international greatness.  But Jesus… Continue reading Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent