Articles for Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

November 27, 2021

  “Be vigilant at all times” This is a refrain which the early Christians took quite seriously to mind! Of course, they thought that any day Jesus would return and they wanted to be ready to receive him, “to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” It is…

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Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

November 26, 2021

  “When you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near.” If we are to appreciate what Divine Revelation is telling us in the Sacred Scriptures in these passages, we must remember the relevance of time. I was once living in a small priory whose rooms were rather small. In one…

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Thanksgiving Day – Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

November 25, 2021

“Bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth.” When the Christian is called to bless God, he or she is called into a wondrous light. It is the light of one’s own existence, one’s own creation by God, the Source of all that is. In our second reading, (1 Cor 1:3-9),…

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Memorial of St. Andrew Dŭng-Ląc, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

November 24, 2021

  “Give glory and eternal praise to him.” “You praised the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, that neither see nor hear nor have intelligence. But the God in whose hand is your life breath and the whole course of your life, you did not glorify.” When the leaders of…

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Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

November 23, 2021

  “Teacher, when will this happen?” The Jerusalem Bible points out that in our Gospel today, “no sharp distinction is drawn between the two levels – ‘that of the destruction of Jerusalem (in 70 AD) and that of the end of the world.’ The fusion of these two is “a theological expression of truth: though…

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Memorial of St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

November 22, 2021

  In our Gospel today, Jesus says that “this poor widow … has offered her whole livelihood.” The image of this poor widow is an image of what the Church is striving to be in the world today. I mean that she understands herself as completely dependent upon God. Out of that posture she seeks…

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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

November 21, 2021

  “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father, to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.” We have all seen the notice attached to the top of crucifixes, “INR,” the Latin initials…

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Saturday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

November 20, 2021

  What does it mean to live as people who hope in the Resurrection? The Sadducees deny that there is a resurrection, but it often seems that Christians live without hope in the Resurrection. There is a false notion we must avoid that says: “If we follow God and give our lives to Christ that…

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Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

November 19, 2021

  I imagine that the money changers in the Temple, those who were seeking monetary gain, did not all happen to move into the Temple overnight. It was more likely a gradual process of corruption, where the House of Prayer slowly became more of a den of thieves rather than a space of worship. Practically…

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Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

November 18, 2021

  There are times in our lives when we can identify rather closely with the sorrowful Christ. His teaching and preaching bore much fruit, but He also experienced great hardship and outright rejection. Jesus can identify with our hurt because He Himself experienced hurt as well. Jesus saw the city [Jerusalem] and wept over it,…

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Memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

November 17, 2021

  A friend of mine recently welcomed her first child—a baby boy. She was filled with absolute joy and delight in her child. She expressed the joy of praying for her son and loving him whether he was crying or sleeping. What struck me most was when she expressed her desire to help her son…

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Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

November 16, 2021

  Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector—a profession that was tied to dishonesty, and thus was despised by others as a “sinner.” Zacchaeus was “seeking to see who Jesus was,” but all he did was climb a tree—that’s the very little, but most practical first step that he took. Zacchaeus simply climbed a tree. After…

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Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

November 15, 2021

  “How is your prayer life?” I’ll admit that this is one of my favorite questions to ask. I’m a priest and a spiritual director, so it only seems to appropriate. The responses I receive are varied. “Good”—okay, that’s positive, but tells me very little. “It could be better”—which could probably be applied to everyone.…

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 14, 2021

  It was the year 1999, a time when most of the seminarians I work with weren’t even born yet. There was concern that computers would have difficulty transitioning from the year 1999 to 2000, and some people were worried there was going to be a meltdown of epic proportion. Companies sold “Y2K” survival kits,…

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Memorial of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

November 13, 2021

  Today wraps up having seminarians of Conception Seminary College as our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day featured a reflection from a different seminarian, mixed in with reflections from Fr. Pachomius, Conception’s Dean of Students. This has been an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education to practice…

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Memorial of St. Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

November 12, 2021

  Seminarians of Conception Seminary College are our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day will feature a reflection from a different seminarian. This is an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education into practice and connect with the people of God in a pastoral way. Today we hear from…

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Memorial of St. Martin of Tours, Bishop

November 11, 2021

  Seminarians of Conception Seminary College are our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day will feature a reflection from a different seminarian. This is an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education into practice and connect with the people of God in a pastoral way. In today’s gospel from…

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Memorial of St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church

November 10, 2021

  Seminarians of Conception Seminary College are our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day will feature a reflection from a different seminarian. This is an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education into practice and connect with the people of God in a pastoral way. “Your faith has saved…

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Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

November 9, 2021

  Seminarians of Conception Seminary College are our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day will feature a reflection from a different seminarian. This is an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education into practice and connect with the people of God in a pastoral way. Today is the Feast…

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Monday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

November 8, 2021

  Seminarians of Conception Seminary College are our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day will feature a reflection from a different seminarian. This is an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education into practice and connect with the people of God in a pastoral way. “Be on your guard”…

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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 7, 2021

  “I have nothing.” “The jar shall not go empty.” Nothingness and emptiness – is there a difference? Nothingness brings to mind a sense of desolation and darkness. Emptiness isn’t so bleak; something empty can be filled: my car’s on “E”, but I fill up at the gas station. Although we may describe situations interchangeably…

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Saturday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

November 6, 2021

  Seminarians of Conception Seminary College are our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day will feature a reflection from a different seminarian. This is an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education into practice and connect with the people of God in a pastoral way. In our first reading…

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Friday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

November 5, 2021

  Seminarians of Conception Seminary College are our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day will feature a reflection from a different seminarian. This is an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education into practice and connect with the people of God in a pastoral way. St. Paul takes a…

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Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo, Bishop

November 4, 2021

  Seminarians of Conception Seminary College are our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day will feature a reflection from a different seminarian. This is an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education into practice and connect with the people of God in a pastoral way. Today we celebrate the…

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Wednesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

November 3, 2021

  Seminarians of Conception Seminary College are our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day will feature a reflection from a different seminarian. This is an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education into practice and connect with the people of God in a pastoral way. In the Gospel for…

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The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

November 2, 2021

  Seminarians of Conception Seminary College are our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day will feature a reflection from a different seminarian. This is an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education into practice and connect with the people of God in a pastoral way. “There are three deaths.…

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Solemnity of All Saints

November 1, 2021

  Seminarians of Conception Seminary College are our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day will feature a reflection from a different seminarian. This is an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education into practice and connect with the people of God in a pastoral way. On this Solemnity of…

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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 31, 2021

  Seminarians of Conception Seminary College are our daily reflection writers for the first half of November. Every day will feature a reflection from a different seminarian, mixed in with reflections from Fr. Pachomius, Conception’s Dean of Students. This is an opportunity for our seminarians to put their education to practice and connect with the…

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Saturday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

October 30, 2021

  Do you spend time with friends or family around a dinner table? Is it still common for you to have your family come together and eat? Sharing a meal can emphasize community, nourishment, togetherness, love, and support. It can also be a time of anxiety, distress, dread, or anger. When we come to the…

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Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

October 29, 2021

  Jesus spoke these words to the scholars of the law to challenge their way of thinking about the Sabbath. For the scholars, the Sabbath was sacred, as it is for us, but it became a burden of extreme inactivity—not even good deeds were permitted. Jesus tells them that the Sabbath is demanded not to…

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Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude, apostles

October 28, 2021

  Any important decision needs to begin with prayer. The Rule of St. Benedict says that any good work must start with prayer. In the Gospel today, even Jesus spends the night in prayer before making the critical decision of choosing his apostles. How does prayer help us make good decisions? Two thoughts can help.…

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Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

October 27, 2021

  In our first reading today, we hear some confusing words, “and those he predestined he also called; and those called—justified; those justified he also glorified.” What does this phrase, ‘he predestined’ mean? Are we stuck with what God has decided for us? Are we not free to act and choose as we wish? Are…

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Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

October 26, 2021

  “It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden.” We hear this phrase a few places in the scriptures, especially with regards to the size of the seed, “it’s the smallest.” Often, as an act of false humility, we will say to ourselves, “oh, I’m nobody. I just…

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Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

October 25, 2021

  “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!” Do we believe these words? Do we genuinely believe that we are beloved…

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 24, 2021

  Part of the Christian experience is the tension between need, prayer, and waiting. We struggle in life, and amid that struggle, call out to God for help. This calling out in prayer might last quite a long time, years maybe. In that waiting, we are tempted to fall away because God doesn’t seem to…

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Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

October 23, 2021

  Foreword: During Ordinary Time, the entrance and communion antiphons of the Sunday liturgy are repeated throughout the week. In this way, the themes developed at the Sunday Mass are enriched and expanded as they interact with the different readings found on each day of the following week in much the same way that a…

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Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

October 22, 2021

  Foreword: During Ordinary Time, the entrance and communion antiphons of the Sunday liturgy are repeated throughout the week. In this way, the themes developed at the Sunday Mass are enriched and expanded as they interact with the different readings found on each day of the following week in much the same way that a…

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Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

October 21, 2021

  Foreword: During Ordinary Time, the entrance and communion antiphons of the Sunday liturgy are repeated throughout the week. In this way, the themes developed at the Sunday Mass are enriched and expanded as they interact with the different readings found on each day of the following week in much the same way that a…

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Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

October 20, 2021

  Foreword: During Ordinary Time, the entrance and communion antiphons of the Sunday liturgy are repeated throughout the week. In this way, the themes developed at the Sunday Mass are enriched and expanded as they interact with the different readings found on each day of the following week in much the same way that a…

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Memorial of Sts. John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, priests, and companions, martyrs

October 19, 2021

  We celebrate today the memorial of eight Jesuit missionaries who came to North America from France to preach the gospel among the native peoples of Canada. The entrance antiphon—“May we never boast, except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Cf. Gal 6:14; 1 Cor 1:18)—speaks directly to our first reading today from…

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