St. Alphonsus Liguori

St. Alphonsus Liguori
Exodus 40:16-21,34-38  +  Matthew 13:47-53
August 1, 2019

   Moses did exactly as the Lord had commanded him.   

In our First Reading today we hear about Moses being obedient to the Lord.  Actually, as we read the Book of Exodus and hear about the Israelites wandering for forty years through the desert, Moses is the only person who is very obedient to God. Continue reading

St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. Ignatius of Loyola
Exodus 34:29-35  +  Matthew 13:44-46
July 31, 2019

   “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls.”   

Jesus offers us two brief parables today, both metaphors describing “the Kingdom of Heaven”.  Either parable and its imagery would suffice for a day’s meditation.  Perhaps we could meditate, though, upon common threads between the two. Continue reading

Tuesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time [I]

Tuesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time [I]
Exodus 33:7-11;34:5-9,28  +  Matthew 13:36-43
July 30, 2019

   “Whoever has ears ought to hear.”   

In today’s Gospel passage Jesus offers a point-by-point explanation of the parable that He preached in the passage proclaimed a few days earlier in the cycle of Ordinary Time weekdays.  The evangelists rarely offer us examples of Jesus explaining a parable, so today’s passage is insightful not only in terms of the parable’s content, but also in terms of Jesus’ method of using parables. Continue reading

St. Martha

St. Martha
Exodus 32:15-24,30-34  +  John 11:19-27 [or Luke 10:38-42]
July 29, 2019

   “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.”   

On this feast of Saint Martha, the Gospel Reading must come from the feast day.  The other readings may come from the day in Ordinary Time, which the feast supersedes.  However, there are two options for the Gospel Reading on this feast.  Both, of course, feature Martha. Continue reading

The 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time [C]

The 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time [C]
Gen 18:20-32  +  Col 2:12-14  +  Lk 11:1-13
July 28, 2019

   “…how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him”.   

Four Sundays ago we heard Jesus begin his long journey to Jerusalem.  He was “resolutely determined” to journey there, even though He knew full well what He would find at the end of the road.  During these Sundays in Ordinary Time, we are listening to Jesus so that we might follow Him no matter where He leads.

Any guide worth his salt covers the basics at the start of a journey.  Jesus is the best of guides.  He prepares us for the journey to Heaven by way of the Cross.  Today in the Gospel Reading, He’s covering some basic skills regarding prayer that we need for our journey. Continue reading

Saturday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time [I]

Saturday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time [I]
Exodus 24:3-8  +  Matthew 13:24-30
July 27, 2019

   “Where have the weeds come from?”   

“Let them grow together until harvest,” the sower in Jesus’ parable says, referring to the weeds and the wheat.  Modern farmers may not follow the sower’s advice, but the parable is clearly meant to teach a lesson in spirituality, not agriculture. Continue reading

Sts. Joachim & Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sts. Joachim & Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Exodus 20:1-17  +  Matthew 13:18-23
July 26, 2019

   “But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it….”   

If you work on a computer you know that how many things one can do with them.  They can help us with our homework, with our finances, with preparing a talk, with sending messages and pictures to our loved ones by email.  The list seems endless. Continue reading

St. James the Greater, Apostle

St. James the Greater, Apostle
2 Corinthians 4:7-15  +  Matthew 20:20-28
July 25, 2019

   …so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.   

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the apostle James.  But two of the apostles were named James.  The apostle whose feast we celebrate today is usually called “James the Greater”.  This James was the brother of St. John the Apostle. Continue reading

Wednesday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time [I]

Wednesday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time [I]
Exodus 16:1-5,9-15  +  Matthew 13:1-9
July 24, 2019

   And He spoke to them at length in parables….   

Jesus paints four illustrations in today’s parable.  The first three are pictures of the sower laboring in vain because of “the path, rocky ground”, and “thorns”.  Only the fourth illustration describes seed falling “on rich soil”, producing “fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Continue reading