Mon. – 30th Wk. – Ord. Time

Mon. – 30th Week – Ord. Time [II]
Ephesians 4:32—5:8  +  Luke 13:10-17
October 24, 2016 

“Blessed the man who… meditates on His law day and night.”

In today’s Responsorial Psalm, we hear the first psalm of the Psalter proclaimed at Holy Mass, and it helps bring focus to our spiritual life.  If you were to ask one hundred Christians whether they knew any of the psalms by heart, you’d probably not garner many “Yes”es.  Among those “Yes”es, most probably have memorized Psalm 23.  But those looking for one of the psalms to memorize ought to consider Psalm 1. Continue reading

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time [C]

The 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time [C]
Sir 35:12-14,16-18  +  2 Tim 4:6-8,16-18  +  Lk 18:9-14
October 23, 2016

“‘…the one who humbles himself will be exalted.’”

Last Sunday Jesus spoke about the need to persevere in prayer.  This week, however, he shows us that perseverance will do no good if we’re not praying with spiritual humility.

Humility is the foundation upon which we pray in four ways.  Each of these four expresses the covenant—or PACT—with Him that we entered through Baptism.  It is easy to remember these forms of prayer if we remember the letters P-A-C-T.  The example of a child before his parent is a good image through which to reflect on these four, although here in a different order. Continue reading

Pope St. John Paul the Great

Pope St. John Paul the Great
Ephesians 4:7-16  +  Luke 13:1-9
October 22, 2016

“And He gave some as Apostles, others as prophets….”

We who have vivid memories of St. John Paul II rejoice today on his feast:  not only because of his holiness, but also for his “talent” of helping us realize that we ourselves could possibly be called to the same holiness that radiated through his life and ministry. Continue reading

Fri. – 29th Wk. – Ord. Time

Friday – 29th Week – Ordinary Time [II]
Ephesians 4:1-6  +  Luke 12:54-59
October 21, 2016

“… live in a manner worthy of the call you have received….”

Saint Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians preaches about the nature of the Church’s as Christ’s Mystical Body.  Concretely, St. Paul describes the Church through examples of loving one’s neighbor:  this second of the two great commands of Jesus is the form that gives shape to the inter-relation of the varied members of the Body of Christ. Continue reading

Thurs. – 29th Wk. – Ord. Time

Thursday -29th Wk. – Ordinary Time [II]
Ephesians 3:14-21  +  Luke 12:49-53
October 20, 2016

“No, I tell you, but rather division.”

Both the rhetoric and substance of Jesus’ proclamation in today’s Gospel passage are challenging.  It’s challenging to know how rightly to interpret His words.  The fire of His baptism is the source of the division that He has come to establish.  How can we understand these words and images in our own daily lives as disciples? Continue reading

Sts. John & Isaac

Sts. John de Brébeuf & Isaac Jogues, Priests, et soc., Martyrs
Ephesians 3:2-12  +  Luke 12:39-48
October 19, 2016

“‘Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.’”

St. Luke the Evangelist presents many “stewardship parables”.  Today’s Gospel passage offers two, one much longer than the other.  The upshot of both is an explicit moral that lets no Christian off easily:  “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”  How do these words apply to an ordinary Christian? Continue reading

St. Luke the Evangelist

St. Luke the Evangelist
2 Timothy 4:10-17b  +  Luke 10:1-9
October 18, 2016

“Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.”

On this feast day of Saint Luke the Evangelist, we can imagine that the First Reading was chosen for its brief mention of the saint.  The Gospel passage is taken from Luke’s account of the Gospel, but he is not mentioned there as he never met Jesus during His earthly life.  Nonetheless, today’s Gospel passage is about being appointed and sent by Jesus.  As such, each of us can directly relate it to his life as a disciple. Continue reading

St. Ignatius of Antioch

Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr
Ephesians 2:1-10  +  Luke 12:13-21
October 17, 2016

“You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you….”

In our little corner of the world, celebrations of harvests take place roughly this time of year.  Even if most in industrialized nations don’t live directly off the land, our celebrations of thanksgiving help us relate to today’s Gospel passage:  both Jesus’ interaction with the jealous brother, and His parable to the crowd. Continue reading

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time [C]

The 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time [C]
Ex 17:8-13  +  2 Tim 3:14—4:2  +  Lk 18:1-8
October 16, 2016

“…be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient….”

When we were children, many of us were taught the Catholic Faith through the use of catechisms.  Most catechisms—including the classic Baltimore Catechism—have a Question & Answer format.  This format has the great advantage of simplicity, presenting the beliefs of the Faith in bite-sized pieces.  Of course—to use a different metaphor—once we have all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle on the table, we have the job of putting them together, in order to form the larger picture.

However, when Saint John Paul II decided that the Church needed a new catechism, in order to incorporate the many good insights of the Second Vatican Council, he decided not to use the Question & Answer format.  Instead, the Catechism of the Second Vatican Council uses what might be called short essays.  These essays are grouped under four headings, or to use a different image, four pillars.  These four pillars present the Church’s beliefs, sacraments, morality, and prayer, focusing on the Creed, the seven sacraments, the Ten Commandments, and the Our Father. Continue reading

29th Sunday – Ord. Time [C]

The 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time [C]
Ex 17:8-13  +  2 Tim 3:14—14:2  +  Lk 18:1-8
October 16, 2016

“…proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient….”

In our Second Reading, Saint Paul describes how God’s Word speaks to us through the words of the Bible.  But the “Word of God” is not limited to the Bible.  We listen to the Word of God in the Bible in order to receive an even greater gift:  the Word of God made Flesh.  Opening our selves to this greater gift is one of the most basic “moves” of the Christian life. Continue reading