Setting the Tone for Advent

Dec 3, 2017: 1st Sunday of Advent Isaiah 63:16-17, 19 Psalms 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 First Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:33-37 _____________________________________________________________________ Today we reset the narrative that we follow throughout the liturgical year and begin the first liturgical season of a new liturgical year: Advent. Today’s readings help us to set the right tone for this […]

Christ Claims to be the Lord of History

Nov 26, 2017: Solemnity of Christ the King (A) Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 Psalms 23:1-6 First Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 Matthew 25:31-46 _____________________________________________________________________ Jesus Christ makes an unambiguous claim to universal authority. He does not say He is one wise man among many, one philosopher among many, or one prophet among many. He tells us that all […]

Respect for the Lord Makes Us Want to Bear Fruit for Him

Nov 19, 2017: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 First Thessalonians 5:1-6 Matthew 25:14-30 ______________________________________________________________________ A recurring theme in all of today’s readings is the importance of a healthy respect for the Lord. In Biblical language this is usually referred to as “the fear of the Lord,” but […]

We Don’t Know WHEN Christ Will Come Again, but We Do Know THAT He Will Come Again

Nov 12, 2017: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Wisdom 6:12-16 Psalms 63:2-8 First Thessalonians 4:13-17 Matthew 25:1-13 __________________________________________________________________ This is how Jesus Christ sums up the meaning of His parable: “Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” It’s so easy to forget this. We go on living as if we […]

The Message is What Matters, Not Prestige

Nov 5, 2017: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Malachi 1:14–2:2, 8-10 Psalms 131:1, 2, 3 First Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13 Matthew 23:1-12 _________________________________________________________ In today’s readings, we’re reminded that our receptivity to a message should not be determined by our esteem or scorn for the messenger, but by whether that message is true. When we are […]

Love For Real

Oct 29, 2017: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Exodus 22:20-26 Psalms 18:2-4, 47, 51 First Thessalonians 1:5-10 Matthew 22:34-40 _________________________________________________________________________ In today’s readings, we’re reminded that there are real love and other ideas of love that pale in comparison. The best measure of love is how we treat others, including God. In today’s First Reading […]

Christians Need to Keep Hope Healthy

Oct 22, 2017: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 Psalms 96:1, 3-5, 7-10 First Thessalonians 1:1-5 Matthew 22:15-21 _____________________________________________________________________ At the beginning of this Letter to the Christians in Thessalonica, a city in northern Greece (modern-day Macedonia), Paul uses a very interesting and very important phrase. He praises the Thessalonians for their “endurance […]

This Is One Party You Don’t Want To Miss

Oct 15, 2017: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 25:6-10 Psalms 23:1-6 Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 Matthew 22:1-14 ______________________________________________________________________ Today’s readings remind us that Heaven awaits us as a party, not a chore. Everybody has to prepare for the party if they don’t want to miss out on the fun. In today’s First Reading Isaiah describes […]

Sin Matters

Oct 8, 2017: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalms 80:9, 12-16 Philippians 4:6-9 Matthew 21:33-43 ______________________________________________________________________ Because we live in a fallen world, we get used to sin. We get so used to sin, in fact, that we can easily forget just how evil and destructive it is. Sin is rebellion against God, […]

Hypocrisy Causes Spiritual Blindness

Oct 1, 2017: Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Ezekiel 18:25-28 Psalms 25:4-9 Philippians 2:1-11 Matthew 21:28-32 ______________________________________________________________________ Jesus speaks this parable towards the very end of His life. He is in Jerusalem the week before His crucifixion. He spends His nights outside the city with His disciples and His days inside the Temple, debating with […]