The Fourth Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny II

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy is all about vision and sight and light and darkness.  All of these, dear friends, are things that we certainly take for granted.  Think about it: we don’t appreciate the gift of light until that dark and stormy night when the electricity goes out and we’re fumbling around in the darkness… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny II

The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny II)

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy calls us to clear up our clouded vision and become people of light.  The gospel gets at that pretty quickly, healing the man born blind in the first couple of minutes of what is admittedly a pretty long reading.  And that’s a good thing because, honestly, who cares about the man… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny II)

The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings What are you looking for? That’s the question Jesus asks us today, and it’s a good one. For the disciples who were checking him out, I think it took them aback somewhat. They weren’t expecting that and they honestly didn’t have a ready answer. So instead they do what Jesus usually does and… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One of the voices that can never be silenced in us is the voice that cries out seeking to see.  We spend our whole lives crying out as Bartimaeus in today’s Gospel: “Master, I want to see.”  And just as the crowd and even the disciples could not silence his desires, so nothing… Continue reading Thursday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fourth Sunday of Lent [A] (Laetare Sunday)

Today’s readings I don’t know about you, but I feel like today’s Liturgy of the Word starts off by giving us all a slap in the face.  And it’s needed.  How many of us judge others without even getting to know them?  How often do we decide who people are and what they’re like just… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Lent [A] (Laetare Sunday)

Thursday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings During the summer before my final year of seminary, I worked as a hospital chaplain.  It ended up being a pretty rough summer for me and the other men and women in the student chaplain group: we had a record number of deaths and tragic accidents to deal with, and it was, as… Continue reading Thursday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time