Reflections

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2021)

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2021) Readings:Isaiah 50:4-9Psalms 116:1-6, 8-9James 2:14-18Mark 8:27-35 The structure of Mark’s short gospel is important, and so the placing of Peter’s confession of faith at Caesarea Philippi in the very middle of his gospel is no accident. That any of the disciples given their obtuseness, let alone Peter, could get… Continue reading TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2021)

Reflections

TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2021)

TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2021) Readings:Isaiah 35:4-7Psalms 146:7-10James 2:1-5Mark 7:31-37 For the past two weeks we were back to our regular reading of Mark’s gospel, after our month long diversion with the Bread of Life discourse from John, during this Year B of Ordinary time. All will recall that Mark’s gospel is the shortest… Continue reading TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2021)

Reflections

TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2021)

TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2021) Readings:Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8Psalms 15:2-5James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Life everywhere is governed and conditioned by laws and precepts and traditions. It is obvious that these laws and precepts and traditions vary from place to place, something so clearly obvious as we watched the Taliban take over Afganistan… Continue reading TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2021)

Letters

The Church Could Use the Courage of Alexei Navalny

At the end of July, one of the highest ranking clerics in the Vatican, and a one-time close confidante of Pope Francis, Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, went on trial for alleged financial crimes. The trial is noteworthy not only because of the extent of the alleged crimes, the spending of what would be $412 million… Continue reading The Church Could Use the Courage of Alexei Navalny

Reflections

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2021)

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2021) Readings:Joshua 24:2-3, 16-23Psalms 34:2-3, 16-23Ephesians 5:21-32John 6:60-69 The Solemnity of the Assumption gave us pause in a four week cycle from the grumbling that seems to surround Jesus’ Bread of Life discourse in the Gospel of John. John is honest in his assessment of what Jesus has been telling… Continue reading TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2021)

Weekly Prayers of the Faithful

21st Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 22, 2021

21st Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 22, 2021 We are drawn together to pray at this Eucharistic celebration, believing the words of Spirit and life that Jesus has offered us and asking the Father to answer all our needs.  That in this world being torn apart by war, disease, poverty, fires, floods, and hurricanes, the… Continue reading 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 22, 2021

Weekly Prayers of the Faithful

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, 2021

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, 2021 On this great feast of the Assumption of Mary, we offer our prayers with thanksgiving for the perfection we see in Mary's life of faith.  That Church leaders will recognize Mary's example of humility saying, "Yes," to the Lord's call to her as… Continue reading Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, 2021

Reflections

SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (2021)

Readings:Book of Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10abBook of Psalms 45:10, 11, 12, 16First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians 15:20-27Luke 1:39-56 It is rather infrequent when we get to celebrate Our Lady’s Assumption on a Sunday. Indeed, in spite of it being a Holy Day of Obligation, it is probably infrequent that most Catholics get to… Continue reading SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (2021)