Wednesday, 26th Week in Ordinary Time                          Jesus talks about three conditions for those who will follow him. First, not having a place to lay one’s head. In other words, a willingness to make sacrifices with little concern for personal comfort. Second, leaving the dead to bury their dead, even in one’s own family. In … Continue reading JESUS, OUR EVERYTHING


Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael                        We celebrate today the Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels. The Greek word angeloi literally means “messengers.” This is also the meaning of the Hebrew melakim, translated as ‘angels’ or ‘messengers.’ As messengers, angels minister and guide believers. (Genesis 24:7-40) They provide for their needs. (1 Kings … Continue reading ARCHANGELS


Saturday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time               “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.”             The Gospels can emphasize and celebrate the suffering of the Lord because they were written in the light of his Resurrection. Joseph Krempa has this commentary on today’s gospel passage: “To the disciples, the prospect of … Continue reading GIVING MEANING TO SUFFERING


Wednesday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time                          “Take nothing for the journey…”             Jesus, in today’s gospel reading, is teaching the Twelve to trust in the divine providence. Because they work for God, the Twelve must not be preoccupied with material things. Since it was God’s business they were about, God would surely provide for … Continue reading TRUST IN THE DIVINE PROVIDENCE