The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Today’s readings If you’ve ever travelled abroad, to a country where English is not the spoken language, maybe you’ve had this experience.  I travelled to Mexico when I was in seminary to learn Spanish.  The first day I was there, we went to Mass at the local Cathedral.  Even though at that point my Spanish was pretty sketchy,… Continue reading The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings A lack of unity will kill us all. Jesus knew this, and so did St. Paul. In fact, St. Paul used a lack of unity among the Jews to save his own life. He knew that the Pharisees, of which he was one, believed in the resurrection of the dead, and angels and… Continue reading Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Today’s readings In the summer of my first year of seminary, the diocese sent me to Mexico to learn Spanish.  This time next week, I’ll be wishing that worked a lot better than it did!  I have forgotten, unfortunately, a lot of what I learned, but I’ll never forget the first day.  The first day… Continue reading The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Today’s readings If you’ve ever travelled abroad, to a country where English is not the spoken language, maybe you’ve had this experience.  I travelled to Mexico when I was in seminary to learn Spanish.  The first day I was there, we went to Mass at the local Cathedral.  Even though at that point my Spanish… Continue reading The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Friday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time: Christian Unity

Today’s readings (Mass for the school children) In today’s Gospel, Jesus calls his Apostles.  These are the men who will be closest to him and will follow after him throughout his ministry on earth.  Even though these men weren’t the most popular people in the area, even though they weren’t wealthy, even though they may… Continue reading Friday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time: Christian Unity

Monday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time: Christian Unity

Today’s readings In today’s Gospel, Jesus is challenging some age-old practices.  He is not saying that fasting is a bad thing, but instead he is saying that something new is going on.  He has come to usher in a new age, and fasting is inappropriate while he is there bringing it in! Today is the… Continue reading Monday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time: Christian Unity

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent: Come, O King of all the Nations

Today’s readings We hear a similar song from Hannah and Mary today. In fact, many Biblical scholars suggest that the song of Mary we heard in today’s Gospel is a restatement of the song of Hannah that we have in today’s psalm. Whether or not that is true, it is clear that both women give… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent: Come, O King of all the Nations

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings A lack of unity will kill us all. Jesus knew this, and so did St. Paul. In fact, St. Paul used a lack of unity among the Jews to save his own life. He knew that the Pharisees, of which he was one, believed in the resurrection of the dead, and angels and… Continue reading Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Ss. Cornelius & Cyprian

Today’s readings St. Cornelius was ordained as the Bishop of Rome in 251.  The Bishop of Rome is what we now call the Pope, so you can see the significance of his position.  His major contribution was to defend the faith against the Novatian schismatics, a group who denied the readmission of those who had… Continue reading Ss. Cornelius & Cyprian

Thursday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today's readings [display_podcast] Sadly, the prayer that our Lord gave us to avoid multiplying words and babbling like the pagans can so much become for us an occasion to do that very thing.  We can rattle off the Lord’s Prayer so quickly and second-naturedly that we totally miss what we’re saying and miss the real… Continue reading Thursday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time