Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It certainly seems like Jesus was being a little harsh with the people in today’s Gospel reading.  They weren’t even alive, most likely, when the prophets were killed.  But the prophets were, indeed, killed by their ancestors, and now they are building memorials to those prophets, while still ignoring the prophets’ message. And… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

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Today’s readings We’ve all heard this gospel parable about the sower and the seeds dozens of times. We know, then, that the seeds are the Word of God: not just some words, but Word with a capital “W,” which is Jesus himself, God’s eternal Word, spoken to bring life to a world dead in sin. … Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (Vigil Mass)

Today’s readings Sometimes we get an awful lot of information to process.  On this, the last evening of the auspicious year of 2020, there’s a lot I could say about all that we’ve been through, more or less together (although certainly socially distanced) this year.  So much of our attention has been, deservedly, focused on the COVID-19… Continue reading The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (Vigil Mass)

Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” In today’s gospel reading, Jesus has just been given a great complement and he responds to it kind of brusquely, or at least it seems that way.  Earlier in this eleventh chapter of Luke, Jesus has taught the disciples to pray, teaching… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

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Today’s readings We’ve all heard this gospel parable about the sower and the seeds dozens of times. We know, then, that the seeds are the Word of God: not just some words, but Word with a capital “W,” which is Jesus himself, God’s eternal Word, spoken to bring life to a world dead in sin.  We… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings There’s a little Christian Science church in the town where I grew up, on Main Street, just north of the downtown area.  They don’t anymore, but they used to list their upcoming sermon topic, followed by the line “All are welcome.”  Imagine my surprise when one day, the topic was going to be eternal punishment.  So… Continue reading The Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time: Sunday of the Word of God

Today’s ReadingsPope Francis’s “motu proprio” APERUIT ILLIS, instituting the Sunday of the Word of God About fifteen years ago now, my home parish put on a production of the musical Godspell, and somehow I found myself part of the cast.  If you’ve ever seen the musical, you know that it is based on the Gospel of Matthew,… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time: Sunday of the Word of God

The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Day

The CreationnIn the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.nnThen God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

Today’s readings All during Advent, we have been yearning for the light.  Advent reminds us that the world can sometimes be a very dark place, that war and terrorism and crime and disease and sin and death can really give us a beating, that very often we experience life much differently than God intended us to,… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Day

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s readings This week, the Scriptures have been warning us not to avoid the truth.  Today is no exception.  Today we see that the way we tend to avoid truth is often through obfuscation, trying to confuse the facts.  It’s a case of “the best defense is a good offense,” where we attack the truth… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reminds me of a sound bite for the evening news. Taken out of context, Jesus is denying his family. And not only that, but Jesus now has “brothers,” so what happened to the doctrine of the perpetual virginity of Mary? Sound bites cause nothing but trouble because you don’t have the… Continue reading Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week of Ordinary Time

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