Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Sometimes it’s hard for things to get through to us, isn’t it?  Father John posted a quote from Mark Twain earlier this week that said, “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”  It’s true; it’s always been that way, apparently.  One of my friends in seminary… Continue reading Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

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

Thursday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Bronze Listen To To Listen Sculpture The Listening

Today’s readings There’s a little line in the Gospel reading that could pass us right by, or at least puzzle us to the extent that we forget it and move on.  But I don’t think we should.  That line is: “Take care what you hear.”  It closely follows Jesus’ other hearing-related line: “Everyone who has… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday After Epiphany

Today’s readings “He must increase; I must decrease.” By these words, St. John the Baptist indicates that the Epiphany, the manifestation of our Lord in the flesh, is complete.  John’s disciples have got it wrong; they took offense at Jesus baptizing when he himself had been baptized by John.  They assumed that because John had baptized Jesus,… Continue reading Saturday After Epiphany

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.  And there is a lot of that going around these days.  When it happens, we may be holding relative truth, even if we wouldn’t say that we do.   Or perhaps we insist on acting… Continue reading Friday of the Second Week of Advent

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

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