The Word is Life

Conversion and Prodigality

Here is a link to today’s readings. Today is September 11th. Let us take a moment to pray for those who died in the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, and in a field in Pennsylvania. Let us pray for those...

Witnesses to Christ, Naked on the Cross

Here is a link to today’s readings. Mother Teresa is being canonized today! She, like all the saints, is what I call a remote witness. They are able to speak to us over centuries, although we never knew them personally in...

Meek and Humble of Heart

Here is a link to today’s readings. Since we celebrated my mother’s birthday together last time with some cake, let me share a story. When I was still a teenager, my mother and one of my brothers and I went to...

Stirring the Pot

Here is a link to today’s readings. Once a year, I bake a cake. It is for my mother’s birthday, on August 6th –the Feast of the Transfiguration—and it is always the same cake, her favorite, an Apricot Queen Cake. My...

Running the Good Race!

Here is a link to today’s readings. With the Olympics in full swing, it seems appropriate to focus on the athletic metaphor that the letter to the Hebrews uses. Like Saint Paul, the writer encourages us to “rid ourselves of every...

Are We Ever Really Ready?

Here is a link to today’s readings. When I was a young boy, maybe 3 or 4 years old, I remember talking with my mother as she prepared a meal. She mentioned that Jesus would come back again. Now I knew...

Spiritual Procrastination

Here is a link to today’s readings. The beautifully written conclusion of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby tells us that “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded...

Ask and You Shall Be Surprised!

Here is a link to today’s readings. Abraham always upsets me in the bargaining session with God presented in today’s first reading. Even as a kid, I used to wonder, why didn’t Abraham bargain all the way down to one? It...

Say Yes Quickly!

Here is a link to today’s readings. Sadly, there is a lot of evil in the world. My heart is heavy after hearing the news of another attack on France during Bastille Day celebrations. This follows a devastating attack that killed...

The Name of God is Mercy

Here is a link to today’s readings. In his book, The Name of God is Mercy, Pope Francis recalled a powerful moment from his years as a parish priest in Argentina. “I remember a mother with young children,” he wrote, “whose...