The 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]

The Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]
Dn 12:1-3  +  Heb 10:11-14,18  +  Mk 13:24-32
November 18, 2018

“At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people….”

When we step back from the normal press of daily life, breathe deeply, and reflect on everything in order to gain some perspective, we can either look backwards to the past, or forward to the future.  A great deal of our spiritual lives as Catholics focuses on the past:  the Old and New Testaments, and the history of Jesus’ Church with all her saints.  But what about the future?  For us, as Christians, how do we look at the future?  To a large degree, the average Christian connects the future with getting his soul to Heaven. Continue reading

The Week of Nov. 12-17, 2018

St. Josaphat, Bishop & Martyr
Titus 1:1-9  +  Luke 17:1-6
November 12, 2018

Such is the race that seeks for Him, that seeks the Face of the God of Jacob.

The refrain for today’s Responsorial Psalm is a good one to memorize and use throughout the day for repeated recitation and reflection.  “Lord, this is the people that longs to see your Face.”  This refrain has many words that one might focus upon in meditation.  But consider just the final phrase:  “…that longs to see your Face.”  There are two verbs here, and one noun. Continue reading

The 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]

The Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]
I Kgs 17:10-16  +  Heb 9:24-28  +  Mk 12:38-44
November 11, 2018

Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by hands….

The French Catholic writer Léon Bloy once said that “there is only one tragedy in life:  not to be a saint.”  There is a profound difference between being a saint and not being a saint.  This distinction might sound obvious.  But it’s not as obvious as it seems. Continue reading

The Week of Nov. 5-10, 2018

Monday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time [II]
Philippians 2:1-4  +  Luke 14:12-14
November 5, 2018

“For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Although Jesus’ words today take the form of a command (“do not invite…”) to us as His disciples, we can reflect on His words through a process of inversion.  That is, we can consider ourselves as those invited to a banquet.  The one inviting us is the Lord Jesus.  The banquet is the sacramental celebration of the Last Supper:  the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Continue reading

The 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]

The Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]
Deut 6:2-6   +   Heb 7:23-28   +   Mk 12:28-34
November 4, 2018

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’”

During the last Sundays of the Church year, which lead up to the feast of Christ the King, conflict comes to forefront.  With each of these Sundays, the conflict becomes more pronounced.  Finally, Christ the King presents both the Second Coming of Jesus at the end of time and His Last Judgment of mankind. Continue reading

The Week of Oct. 29—Nov. 3, 2018

Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time [II]
Ephesians 4:32—5:8  +  Luke 13:10-17
October 29, 2018

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

In today’s Responsorial Psalm, we hear the first psalm of the Psalter, 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

The 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]

The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]
Jeremiah 31:7-9  +  Hebrews 5:1-6  +  Mark 10:46-52
October 28, 2018

Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

Reflect on how the greatest gift—the strongest virtue—that Jesus offers is the virtue of caritas (sometimes simply called “charity”, or “love”).  The Joyful, Luminous and Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary lead to the Glorious Mysteries in the way that the chapters of a novel lead to its climax.  So too, the virtues of the Christian life lead to its goal:  the divine virtue of caritas; divine charity; divine love:  the life of the Trinity who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Continue reading

The Week of Oct. 22-27, 2018

Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time [II]
Ephesians 2:1-10  +  Luke 12:13-21
October 22, 2018

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

Regarding today’s Gospel passage, we need to reflect both upon Jesus’ interaction with the jealous brother, and His parable to the crowd.  Here, consider the latter. Continue reading

The 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]

The Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]
Isa 53:10-11  +  Heb 4:14-16  +  Mk 10:35-45
October 21, 2018

So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

The New Testament Letter to the Hebrews, from which Sunday’s Second Reading is taken, offers a profound meditation on the meaning that suffering gains through Christ’s Sacrifice on the Cross.  Here one of the best-known definitions of “courage” is illustrated:  “not the absence of fear, but fear that has been prayed over.” Continue reading

The Week of Oct. 15-20, 2018

St. Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
Galatians 4:22-24,26-27,31—5:1  +  Luke 11:29-32
October 15, 2018

These women represent two covenants.

In today’s First Reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, the Apostle to the Gentiles uses a very direct allegory.  Abraham begat one son by a free woman, and another son by a slave woman.  St. Paul sees the slave son as an allegory for those held bound by the Law, while the free son is an allegory for those who share in the freedom of Christ. Continue reading