July 9, 2017 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 100 ZEC 9:9-10 PS 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14 ROM 8:9, 11-13 MT 11:25-30 I have just returned with my fellow pilgrims from a three day Ignatian silent retreat in Saint Louis.   There is something amazing about avoiding using your voice toContinue Reading

June 30, 2017 Lectionary: 375 GN 17:1, 9-10, 15-22 PS 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 MT 8:1-4 Our culture seems to be obsessed with the living dead.  We are bombarded with media that include sparkling vampires, lovable ogres, and even battles with the “Walking Dead.”   I can’t help but wonder if partContinue Reading

June 23, 2017Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of JesusLectionary: 170DT 7:6-11PS 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 101 JN 4:7-16MT 11:25-30 Just a few days ago my wife and I were sitting in the garage enjoying the evening air as the sun was beginning to set.   We started listening to theContinue Reading

June 19, 2017Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 3652 COR 6:1-10PS 98:1, 2B, 3AB, 3CD-4MT 5:38-42 One of the hardest lessons to learn is that in order for things to change one person in a conflict has to be the adult and stop the cycle.  Paul today talksContinue Reading

Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest, and Doctor of the ChurchLectionary: 3602 COR 1:18-22PS 119:129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135MT 5:13-16 I try to avoid watching the news as much these days.  Our national media machine seems to simply be aiming for shock, awe, and fear; rather than truthContinue Reading

Wednesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 355 TB 3:1-11A, 16-17A PS 25:2-3, 4-5AB, 6 AND 7BC, 8-9 MK 12:18-27 One of the things we must keep in mind as an evangelist is our audience.   When speaking to a man who only knows farming, one would not speakContinue Reading

Tobit is a powerful reminder of the need of the faithful to remain in fidelity to the covenant.  Here we see a man who has already lost his livelihood for his continued obedience to the Traditions of worship as set forth in Jerusalem.   Tobit refuses to take on theContinue Reading