O Wisdom

Today’s readings Mass for the school children. Did you hear that? That was quite a list of names, wasn’t it? It always strikes me that this list of characters, which is basically the human family tree of our Lord, is so much like any of our families’ history. This is a list of forty-two generations… Continue reading O Wisdom

O Wisdom

Today’s readings That was quite a list of names, wasn’t it?  It always strikes me that this list of characters, which is basically the human family tree of our Lord, is so much like any of our families’ history.  Forty-two generations of the pilgrim people Israel led by people of greatness, and, well, people of… Continue reading O Wisdom

Friday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I’m sure you’ve had the experience, when you were talking to someone, that you felt like you weren’t both having the same conversation. Or, even though you were both speaking English, you weren’t talking the same language. Sometimes that happens: you think you’re both talking about the same thing, but very clearly, one… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time

The Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Discourse IV: Choosing the Table of the Lord

Today’s readings Today we have set before us two tables.  One is the incredibly rich banquet of wisdom, and the other…  let’s call it the fast food of foolishness, I guess.  What we need to ask ourselves today is, at which table have we been eating, and is that where we want to find our… Continue reading The Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Discourse IV: Choosing the Table of the Lord

Friday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time: Mass of the Holy Spirit

Today’s readings This is the first school Mass of the year, so I celebrated a Mass of the Holy Spirit. I don’t know if you’ve ever had the experience, when you’re talking to someone, that you feel like you’re not both having the same conversation. Or you feel like, even though you’re both speaking English,… Continue reading Friday of the Twenty-first Week of Ordinary Time: Mass of the Holy Spirit

The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Stop Hoarding!

Today’s readings Once in a while in the news, you will hear a story of someone who has hoarded possessions so much as to put them in danger. A while ago, I remember hearing of someone who had passed away, and rescuers needed to cut a hole in the roof in order to remove the… Continue reading The Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Stop Hoarding!

The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings So often, when someone thanks us for something, we might say, “It’s the least I could do.” As if it were some kind of badge of achievement to do the least thing possible. I think it’s human nature to try to do as little as possible, without being perceived as lazy or something.… Continue reading The Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It has often struck me that, the economy of our nation and the world being as precarious as it is, that being rich in what matters to God is more important than ever. With all the bad news out there – financial news, political news, news of epidemic diseases, war and terrorism, who… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

The Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings You’ve probably heard me say that these summer weeks of Ordinary Time give us a wonderful look at how to live the Christian Life.  I always say that the Scriptures give us a kind of “Discipleship Toolbox” that helps us to know what we are supposed to be about and how we are… Continue reading The Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings In today’s first reading, King Solomon is asked a question that seems to me something like the fabled question that people get asked when they find a genie in a bottle.  Make a wish, and it’s yours.  Solomon has a relationship with the Lord, and so he treats the opportunity as something quite… Continue reading Saturday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time