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

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter (Religious Education and Confirmation Program Closing Mass)

Today’s readings In our first reading this evening, we have from the Acts of the Apostles a rather defining moment for the early Church.  Jesus hadn’t given them a precise rule book of how to make the Church develop: he simply sent them out to baptize.  But he also told them to make disciples of all the… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter (Religious Education and Confirmation Program Closing Mass)

Friday of the Second Week of Easter

Today’s readings Our first reading today is filled with kind of intense drama.  The disciples, ever since Jesus rose from the dead and sent them the gift of the Holy Spirit, have been going around and preaching in the name of Jesus.  This is obviously attracting the attention of the religious leaders, and they’re not… Continue reading Friday of the Second Week of Easter

The Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I’ve often heard stories of those who grew up in the great depression.  Many years later, they still had deeply engrained in them the scrupulous care for everything they have that was etched into their very being during that horrible time in our history.  They spent a lifetime wasting nothing, which was a good thing,… Continue reading The Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I think much of the reason people don’t preach the Gospel to others is because they think whatever they say or do has to be flashy, has to be as big as God is.  But that never works because God is always bigger!  Proclaiming the Gospel, at its core, is and always should… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One of my jobs before I went to seminary was in the sales department of a computer supply company.  In that job, they taught us that one of the first good rules of sales was never to ask a question to which you didn’t already know the answer.  I think teachers get taught that principle… Continue reading The Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Our God never promises that the life of faith and discipleship will be an easy one; only that it will be blessed. One thing is certain: that life will certainly entail hardship, even suffering. That’s pretty evident in today’s Gospel reading. Faithful disciples have to worry about being betrayed by even their closest… Continue reading Friday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Sometimes God’s blessings can be challenging.  For example, we might not think that those who are meek and those who mourn are blessed.  And we certainly wouldn’t celebrate the blessings of those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, would we?  It’s even more challenging when we remember that the word “blessed” in Scripture could… Continue reading Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Faith Formation Closing Mass

Today’s readings Can you remember the first time you were called a Christian? It was at Antioch that the disciples of Jesus were first called Christians.  This, of course, is after the death and resurrection of Jesus, after the disciples, including Barnabas, and apparently Paul (known to them as Saul, the name he had before his… Continue reading Faith Formation Closing Mass