The Word is Life

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...

On the Road to the Kingdom

Here is a link to today’s readings. Recently, a list of the worst cities for safe driving in the U.S. was published by a prominent insurance company that compared crash frequency rates among 200 cities. Being from Massachusetts, I was amused...

Passing the Torch

Here is a link to today’s readings. In his excellent textbook, Path Through Catholicism, Jesuit father Mark Link retells the story of the Italian composer Puccini concerning his final work, Turandot. “While writing it,” says Link, “he was stricken with cancer....

Always Our Children

Here is a link to today’s readings. On Father’s Day we remember St. Paul’s words: “I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named” (Ephesians 3:14-15, NABRE). For many of us, the title fits...