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

Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The spiritual life, almost by definition, isn’t easy.  Today’s readings prove it.  In our first reading, Jacob wrestles with “some man,” who turns out to be God himself.  They tussle all day long and finally declare a draw, but the battle leaves poor Jacob limping from the fight.  In the end though, he… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings What strikes me about these readings is that they speak of the fact that we, with our limited human minds and imaginations, often don’t get God. Even those of us who are people of strong faith often miss what God is trying to do in us and among us. Which puts us in… Continue reading Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Third Week of Advent

Today’s readings The whole progression of Advent is one that has always captured my imagination.  I see Advent as a kind of dawning of a new day.  Just as the day doesn’t come all at once, so Advent progresses and we see the coming of Jesus ever more gradually as we participate in each day’s… Continue reading Monday of the Third Week of Advent

Thursday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Let’s be honest; we want it to be easy, this spiritual life, this journey to the kingdom.  We look longingly for signs that we’re headed the right way; we want more than anything to know we’ll end up in the right place.  And so we pay attention, sometimes, when people say, “Look, there he is,”… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Mass of the Holy Spirit at Benedictine University

And first of all, whatever good work you begin to do, beg of Him with most earnest prayer to perfect it… That quote is from one of my favorite spiritual works, the Rule of Saint Benedict. I think it’s an appropriate sentiment with which to begin a school year. Education is, indeed, a good work,… Continue reading Mass of the Holy Spirit at Benedictine University

Friday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings What kinds of mighty deeds is the Lord Jesus trying to do in our own lives? Is he finding success there, or have we put up obstacles through our own lack of faith? Today we celebrate a Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for this First Friday. In this celebration, we… Continue reading Friday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Listen to those words of Jesus again: “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.” Those… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This morning we have to wrestle with the question: is there something in my life that distracts me from living my life as God intended that I need to cut out?  It’s a ruthless image that we find in our Gospel reading: gouge out an eye, cut off a hand – all of… Continue reading Friday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Every now and then, in the Liturgy of the Word, we hear words that have directly influenced our prayers in the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  Today is such an occasion.  Just before we receive Holy Communion, I will elevate the host and the chalice and say: “Behold the Lamb of God, behold him… Continue reading Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time