September 20, 2022

Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs Christ calls us to hear the word of God and act on it. This is also the jest of our first reading today, too, where Proverbs 21, the collection of Solomon’s wisdom, guides one to do what is right and just. […]

September 13, 2022

Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop & Doctor We all have a part to play! This familiar Eucharistic first reading reminds us that we are all essential body parts with important pieces that fit together to make up the Body of Christ. We are called to build up this Body of Christ daily and strengthen […]

August 15, 2022

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary We often wonder about what happens when we die, especially with incredible stories in different forms of literature. Our first reading today, from the Book of Revelation, depicts the wild and dramatic birth of a son and his mother retreating to the desert with him—(not a […]

August 8, 2022

Memorial of Saint Dominic de Guzman, Priest & Founder Today we begin a series of lectionary proclamations from the prophet Ezekiel. The fiery start to Ezekiel’s ministry is much like the legend and birth of Saint Dominic, whom we remember today. His mother had a vision of a dog coming out of her womb with […]

July 19, 2022

God regards all faithful people highly, and our scripture readings today remind us of the blessings that our loving, merciful God freely offers. Today’s reading ends this short Bible book of Micah with a beautiful prayer, giving them hope amid their suffering with a hostile nation surrounding them. Micah asks for guidance and care but […]

July 12, 2022

Yesterday we began our weekday lectionary cycle with Isaiah and the important prophecies and poems that inspired a nation to return to their roots as a people of faith. Setting the place, leadership, and the tone of rebuilding, Isaiah ends this reading by reminding us of our call to live our faith firmly. God will […]

June 21, 2022

Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga SJ After being reminded yesterday not to measure and judge without having clear eyes, we receive specific advice on dealing with difficult people in today’s Gospel. Don’t! Sometimes we will be giving our treasures and gifts to people who will not openly or willingly receive them. Give holy gifts to […]

June 14, 2022

While we continue with the second week of hearing Matthew’s account of the Sermon on the Mount, we get into the heart of Christ’s teaching and the challenge of Christianity: loving our enemies. We have had a lot of enemies to love in the past few years. Still, especially as I write this, amid an […]

May 17, 2022

Saint Paschal Baylon, Patron Saint of the Eucharist We have quick reports of what the apostles were doing in these readings. Paul is stoned and then gets up and keeps on going! He is like the Energizer Bunny, who continues with the other disciples to share with as many people as they can about Christ. […]

May 10, 2022

Optional Memorial of Saint Damien Joseph de Veuster of Moloka’i The name Barnabas means “one who encourages.” It is only right then that he would be the one going to Antioch, sharing the grace of God and rejoicing and encouraging the newly-formed Christian community. This is an encouraging part of Easter life. We are to […]