The Third Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings Most of us have probably experienced at least one time in our lives when it seemed like our whole world was turned upside-down.  If not, we certainly will.  It might be the loss of a job, or the illness or death of a loved one, or any of a host of other issues. … Continue reading The Third Sunday of Lent

The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It doesn’t take too much of our imagination to think of examples of suffering, having been through the last year of our lives.  All of us can probably think of someone we know who has suffered from COVID-19, or at least the scare of it, and many of us know of those who… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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

The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I often wonder how people get through the hard times of their lives if they don’t have faith.  We can all probably think of a time in our lives when we were sorely tested, when our lives were turned upside-down, and, looking back, we can’t figure out how we lived through it except… Continue reading The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Our readings today, I think, are very poignant and to the point.  As a pastor, I see a lot of suffering, and it breaks my heart when my parishioners are going through hard times.  Whether those hard times are brought about by death or sickness, or by relationship problems, or by poverty or… Continue reading The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings The story is quickly coming to its climax. Jesus’ claims of divinity are really starting to rile the Jews. They have placed their hope in Abraham and the prophets – great men to be sure – but seem to have forgotten about the promise of a Messiah, and so they totally miss the… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings The joy of last week’s Laetare Sunday begins to fade a bit as we get into this fifth week of Lent. Now the Passion of our Lord is clearly in view. Maybe in your church, statues of the saints, Mary, and even Jesus on the Cross are covered by violet or red cloths.… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent

The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The reality of suffering is something of a mystery for us.  Today we hear it in our first reading: Job, the innocent man, has been the victim of Satan’s testing: he has lost his family and riches, and has been afflicted physically.  His friends have gathered around and given him all the stock… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

"Christ's gift of giving up his life is so valuable that it outweighs every offense committed from the dawn of time until the end of the world." (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston) With FAITH ALIVE! No. 11, STORIES, March 11, 2013.

Today’s readings Last night, I talked about the New Testament theme of kenosis, which is the idea of self-emptying, of pouring oneself out.  Last night, we talked about that in terms of the call to service: that Jesus himself got up from table, tied a towel around himself and took the lowest position, washing the… Continue reading Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Suffering, Redemption and Glory

Today’s readings The talk of mourning and death in today’s Liturgy of the Word reminds us of a couple of really important life principles. The first is that we will have to suffer and mourn in this life, because this life is riddled with sorrows. We saw that clearly in Orlando this past week, and… Continue reading The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Suffering, Redemption and Glory