The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings At the heart of today’s Gospel reading is the question of whether or not we as disciples of Jesus are willing to go where he’s leading us. Much could be said about the posturing of James and John to get the good seats in the kingdom. But their ambition is not the point here. The… Continue reading The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time: Make a Difference Day

Today’s Readings Anything worthwhile costs us something, most especially our faith.  If we are serious about it, if we love God and want to be caught up in his life, we’re going to have to pay for it in some way.  Jesus speaks to that in today’s Gospel.  One of the biggest costs to us,… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time: Make a Difference Day

Saturday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One of the most vivid Church memories I have was of a friend who was making final vows as a Benedictine many years ago now. It was a very beautiful Mass, but what really stood out so vividly to me was that, while the assembly sang the Litany of the Saints and my friend… Continue reading Saturday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In today’s Gospel, we have the disciples arguing among themselves because they find they don’t understand Jesus’ message. And then that degenerates into a further argument about which one of them was the greatest.  They’re doing an awful lot of arguing, and not nearly enough listening. All of this arguing betrays a real lack… Continue reading Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Today’s readings ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’ Those words are the epitome of humility.  They recognize that our life and our calling are at the service of our God, who gives us everything we have and everything we are.  And so when we do something wonderful, it’s… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy of the Word speaks to us about being ready.  And now’s as good a time for that as any, especially since we are getting so close to the end of the liturgical year.  The liturgical year ends on the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King of the Universe, which… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Stewardship Sunday

Today’s readings This is indeed our home.  It can be easy to come to think of this place as a school, or an auditorium, or even as a worship space and fills a function and other than that, doesn’t mean anything different.  But as I said in the video this is our home: this is… Continue reading The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Stewardship Sunday

Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time: Make a Difference Day

Today’s readings Our Gospel today warns us of coming persecutions.  At some point, we will all be dragged before synagogues and rulers and authorities of some sort, and we will have to give an account of what we believe.  Now for us, it’s not going to be so literal, obviously.  But we may have to… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time: Make a Difference Day

Saturday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The Gospel readings these past few days have warned of rather dire consequences for those who don’t live the Gospel message.  This section of Matthew’s Gospel spells out the urgency of the call to discipleship and the nearness of the Kingdom of God.  Yesterday, the foolish virgins were left out of the kingdom,… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One of the spiritual principles that often speaks to me is: “it’s not about me.”  It’s a spiritual principle I have to remind myself of often, because in our human weakness, we’re always thinking about ourselves first.  But here today, we have two wonderful Scriptural examples of this beautiful spiritual principle.  First we… Continue reading Saturday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time