Saturday of the Twenty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command?” Those words have to be among those that cut deepest in scripture.  Because we are all comfortable coming to Mass and calling on the Lord, aren’t we?  We are very wont to call on the Lord for help in time… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-third Week of Ordinary Time

The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny III/Cycle A Readings)

Today’s readings “Lord, by now there will be a stench.” That’s one of my favorite lines in scripture.  It begs the question I want you to pray about this week, which is this: “What in your life really stinks?”  Because we have to have that stench washed away in order to really live. If you… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny III/Cycle A Readings)

The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Cycle C Readings)

Today’s readings Back in the sixth century before the birth of Christ, the Israelites were in a bad way.  They had been separated from their God by sin: against God’s commands, they had betrayed their covenant with the Lord and made foreign alliances, which he had forbidden them to do.  He forbade this because he… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Cycle C Readings)

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

Monday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Increase our faith,” indeed! How often have you had that same reaction to the marvels of God happening in your life? I think about the many times I have had the Spirit point out something I should have seen all along because it was right there in front of my face. Increase my… Continue reading Monday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It’s a frightening thing, I think, to hear Jesus say in today’s Gospel reading, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword.”  It’s frightening because of the havoc a statement like that could cause in our spiritual lives.… Continue reading Monday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)

Today’s readings Traditionally, today is Laetare Sunday – laetare being the Latin word for “rejoice.” On this Sunday, we wear rose-colored vestments, rather than the Lenten violet.  Laetare Sunday reminds us that even in the “heaviness” of Lent, there is reason for rejoicing.  And today’s readings do deal with some heavy topics, but clearly and always through the lens of rejoicing… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)

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

Friday of the Twenty-third Week of Ordinary Time: Anniversary of 9-11

Today’s readings When I hear today’s Gospel reading, I think about my dad. When he was alive, he was a guy who seemed to know everyone.  Anywhere we went, he’d find someone he knew, even if we were away on vacation!  But Dad wouldn’t just know their names, he’d also know something about them.  He would know their… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-third Week of Ordinary Time: Anniversary of 9-11

Saturday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In today’s Gospel, we have the continued Epiphany of Jesus manifested as one who identifies with sinners. That is not, of course, to say that he was a sinner; quite the contrary, because we know that Jesus was like us in all things but sin. In this Gospel passage, though, we see that… Continue reading Saturday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

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