Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

Today’s readings Today is the anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood, 16 years ago.  It is also Father John’s anniversary of thirty-three years.  I find our Liturgy today to be particularly inspirational on this anniversary day.  First we have Saint Paul who is standing trial for his witness and preaching of the faith.  Then… Continue reading Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Today’s readings I’m always amazed by the fortitude of Saint Paul. He’s almost stoned to death and left, in fact, for dead, and he gets up and enters the city like nothing was wrong. I don’t know about you, but if I barely weathered the storm of people throwing rocks at me and leaving me… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Today’s readings are full of messengers. In the first reading, Saint Paul is a messenger bringing news of the real meaning of the ancient Scriptures in light of the death and resurrection of Jesus. And he speaks of another messenger, John the Baptist, who paved the way for the coming of Jesus by… Continue reading Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Thursday in the Octave of Easter

Today’s readings There are a couple of kinds of witnesses in today’s Liturgy of the Word.  The first, in the reading from the Acts of the Apostles, are the Jewish witnesses who were swayed by the religious establishment to demand the crucifixion of Jesus and the release of Barabbas, an insurrectionist and a murderer.  Peter… Continue reading Thursday in the Octave of Easter

Friday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readingsMass for the school children. The readings for daily Mass usually follow in a series.  So we read from a certain book of the Bible for a while, and then we move on to another one for a while.  So for the last couple of weeks, we have been listening to the story of… Continue reading Friday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Agnes, Virgin Martyr

Today’s readings There are a lot of saints in today’s Mass, but then, honestly, there always are.  Father John and I have an ongoing joke, that when one of us has the early 6:30 Mass, we say to the other, “I woke up the angels and saints for you.”  Now, obviously the angels and saints… Continue reading Saint Agnes, Virgin Martyr

Thursday After Epiphany

Today’s readings The feast of Epiphany is a celebration of the fact that Christian life looks like something.  Because Jesus has appeared on the earth and taken our own human form, because he has walked among us and lived our life and died our death, we know what the Christian Way looks like.  We know… Continue reading Thursday After Epiphany

Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

Today’s readings One of my favorite things about the season of Advent is the people we meet along the way.  In the early days of Advent we have celebrated the Immaculate Conception of Mary and we remember St. Juan Diego, St. John of the Cross, St. Lucy and St. Nicholas. We’ve been hearing from Isaiah all… Continue reading Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs

Today’s readings As we come together this evening to begin the year of faith formation in our Confirmation program, I think today’s readings and saints really speak to us.  The Gospel this evening reminds us that when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we have the ability, the gift, and the obligation to witness… Continue reading Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs

Friday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It amazes me when I think about all that the early Church had to go through and put up with. Saint Paul writes that he put up with persecution from all sides: from his own people as well as the Gentiles. He was beaten often, endured hazardous journeys and perilous weather, as well… Continue reading Friday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

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