Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Truth is quite a topic these days. Mostly because people choose to define truth in any way that suits them.  Absolute truth is taken to be authoritarianism and it’s the real death of any kind of conversation that would lead to conversion. It’s the kind of thing that has some people valuing property over… Continue reading Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s readings This week, the Scriptures have been warning us not to avoid the truth.  Today is no exception.  Today we see that the way we tend to avoid truth is often through obfuscation, trying to confuse the facts.  It’s a case of “the best defense is a good offense,” where we attack the truth… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The presence of God, in some ways, is quite often really unwelcome, at least to those who have made their own gods. Saint Paul urges the Corinthians in today’s first reading to be good discerners of this reality; to turn away from the spirit of the world so that they can turn toward… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Truth is quite a topic these days. Mostly because people choose to define truth in any way that suits them. Absolute truth is taken to be authoritarianism and it’s the real death of any kind of conversation that would lead to conversion. It’s the kind of thing where some people might dote on… Continue reading Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Heaven knows there are a lot of experts out there, or at least people who claim to be experts.  That’s why blogs and comments posted on news stories and Facebook are so popular: everyone claims to know something about everything.  Or at least it sure seems that way.  Certainly, it should give us… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Second Week of Advent

Today’s readings Mass for the school children. Don’t you hate it when you’re having an argument with someone and they turn out to be right, and you turn out to be wrong?  I know I do.  But that kind of thinking doesn’t get us anywhere good.  That kind of thinking puts up an obstacle to… Continue reading Friday of the Second Week of Advent

Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The presence of God, in some ways, is quite often really unwelcome, at least to those who have made their own gods. In today’s Gospel the demons that possessed the poor man knew who Jesus was and what he came to proclaim. Those demons wanted no part of Jesus, in fact, they wanted… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Independence Day

Today’s readings: Isaiah 57:15-19 | Philippians 4:6-9 | John 14:23-29 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,… Continue reading Independence Day

Friday of the Second Week of Advent

Today’s readings One of the great obstacles to the spiritual life is when we come to believe that we ourselves have all the answers. When that happens, we may often hold to relative truth, even if we wouldn’t say that we do.   Or perhaps we insist on acting according to our opinions, instead of acting… Continue reading Friday of the Second Week of Advent

The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s readings What we are celebrating in today’s feast is the fact that prison bars cannot silence truth. John the Baptist was not asked to renounce his faith; indeed Herod was probably very interested in John’s faith and may have even asked him about it on occasion. Not that he wanted to convert, mind you,… Continue reading The Passion of Saint John the Baptist