Articles for Ordinary Time

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

March 5, 2022

  Jesus said to The Pharisees, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” St. Isidore of Seville says, “Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin, all hope consists in confession; in confession, there is a…

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Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

February 28, 2022

  I am struck by today’s Gospel because of the initial joy and desire of the rich man. Jesus tells the man what he needs to do, according to the Law, to attain eternal life, but the man was already following the law from his youth. The rich man had a desire to do more…

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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 27, 2022

  As I reflect on today’s readings, the word that comes to mind is authenticity. We are called to be truly authentic to ourselves and to those around us. What is our true authentic self? It is that we are made in the image and likeness of God; that we are made in Love and…

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Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

February 26, 2022

  These readings reminded me of when I was a child. I would always ask my parents for the most outlandish and expensive gifts for my birthday. Although I would not often get them, it exemplified a beautiful childlike innocence and reliance on those in charge of me. As we see in today’s Gospel, Christ…

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Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

February 25, 2022

  Our Gospel today looks at divorce and how the Pharisees saw divorce as permitted by Moses. After being questioned about divorce, Christ states, “What God has joined together, no human being must separate. (Mk10:9)” We as a culture have lost what marriage actually means. We have lost that idea of the total gift of…

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Thursday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

February 24, 2022

  In our Gospel today, we hear that if our hand causes us to sin, “cut it off.” God is not talking about cutting our actual hand, but rather things that pull us away from Him. As Lent nears, I have been praying about what I should give up and what was holding me back…

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Memorial of St. Polycarp, bishop and martyr

February 23, 2022

  “Instead you should say, ‘If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that.’” St. James warns us, in this first reading, of the dangers of relying on ourselves. How often do we tell ourselves we simply must “pull ourselves up by our bootstraps” or “work a little harder?” How often…

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Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, apostle

February 22, 2022

  Today we honor the Chair of St. Peter, the first pope, given this office by Christ before His resurrection. Something undoubtedly worth noting on this feast is why Peter obtained this gift. On Good Friday, during the proclamation of the Passion narrative, we remember that Peter was the one who denied knowing Christ not…

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Monday of Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

February 21, 2022

  Today’s readings follow a theme of continual conversion. Although it can be difficult to acknowledge our sinfulness, we must do so for our conversion. How easy things would be if, like the boy in the Gospel, we would have outward signs of the impact of evil within us. He, possessed by a demon, foamed…

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 20, 2022

  The Gospel today uses the phrase all of us know and have heard many times, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” But do we live it? As Jesus relates to us in the Gospel, it is easy to love those we can get along with, but where is that…

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Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

February 19, 2022

  In today’s first reading, we hear how our mouth and tongue are “a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” Although we do acknowledge, “from the same mouth come blessing and cursing,” the reading focuses that our speech, along with the rest of our will, is in a fallen state due to the effects of…

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Friday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

February 18, 2022

  “For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” St James is severely critical of those who claim to be believing Christians but do not act as if they are. Sometimes we can think that this does not apply to us because we feel like we…

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Thursday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

February 17, 2022

  “Who do you say that I am (Mk 8:29)?” Christ asks this of his Apostles today in the Gospel, but he invites us to answer him as well. Who would we say that Jesus is? Would we be quick to act like Peter and call Jesus the Messiah, or would we even be able…

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Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

February 16, 2022

  Today in the Gospel, we hear of Jesus curing the blind man. His sight was restored by having a personal encounter with Our Lord. Jesus is calling us to that same encounter, but we can all relate to this blind man in some way or another. What are we blinded by? What is blinding…

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Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

February 15, 2022

  It is a common occurrence for people to become discouraged throughout their day because of temptation or misfortunes. Oftentimes, this can lead to a certain cynical attitude towards Our Lord. We must be careful not to blame him for these things, as they are not caused by Him, but rather, by our own sins…

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Memorial of Sts. Cyril, monk, and Methodius, bishop

February 14, 2022

  In the first reading, we hear St. James exhort the Jews dwelling in the diaspora to be patient when they encounter various trials. Not only does he encourage patience, but he takes his advice a step further to the point of encouraging rejoicing when those trials are encountered. To our modern ears, we may…

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 13, 2022

  “Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.” This theme of hope is present in all of the readings and psalms for this day, which should stand out to us. Hope, one of the theological virtues, is essential in the life of a Christian. It is through hope that we can have faith that…

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Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

February 12, 2022

  “Then, taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to distribute…” What is happening in our Gospel today is what we partake in every Sunday—the Eucharist. Every Sunday, crowds gather at church to sit, hear the Word of God, and be fed by God. The food we…

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Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

February 11, 2022

  “May the Lord Jesus, who made the deaf to hear and the mute to speak, grant that you may soon receive his word with your ears, and profess the faith with your lips, to the glory and praise of God the Father.” This is the prayer the priest says when he blesses with a…

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Memorial of St. Scholastica, virgin

February 10, 2022

  Today we celebrate the patron saint of Benedictine sisters, and patron saint of thunderstorms, St. Scholastica, twin sister of St. Benedict. Because of the feast, our Gospel reading is from Luke 10:38-42, the famous story of Martha and Mary welcoming Christ to their home. Mary sits listening to Jesus and has a holy conversation…

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Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

February 9, 2022

  “Hear me, all of you, and understand.” C’mon Jesus, they’re not going to get it. I’m sorry, I just had to say that. Don’t get lost in the words in the Gospel today. Let’s focus on two words from the passage; stomach and heart. To stay healthy persons, we have to eat. When our…

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Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

February 8, 2022

  In the first reading, Solomon addresses God and acclaims before the altar, “you keep your covenant of mercy with your servants.” Notice the language, “you keep.” It’s not, “you kept,” it’s not “you will keep,” it’s “you keep.” God’s covenant of mercy is an action, always in motion, always working. It is a wheel…

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Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

February 7, 2022

  After a journey on the sea, Jesus and his disciples dock their boat in Gennesaret. After hearing the news that Jesus arrived in their city, the people scurried to bring the sick to Jesus, so that he might heal them. Jesus healed many people that day. The sick people healed that day had the…

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 6, 2022

  On the television show, “The Deadliest Catch,” a camera crew follows crab fishermen out on dangerous seas and film and document their crab catches. The fishermen use big cages as their nets. These cages catch everything, not just crab. When these nets, these cages, are collected from the sea, the fishermen go through the…

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Memorial of St. Agatha, virgin and martyr

February 5, 2022

  St. Agatha is honored today in the Roman calendar. She suffered martyrdom for the faith in the mid-third century. Yesterday I wrote about St. John the Baptist and witnessing for the Christian faith in a secular age. Today, I want to write about witnessing our faith in ordinary ways. That’s paradoxical because St. Agatha…

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Friday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

February 4, 2022

  John the Baptist’s fate is one of tragedy that stemmed from envy and anger. Herod had married the wife of his dead brother. He did this wrongly, and John called him on it. Herodias, his former sister-in-law turned wife, heard this criticism and “harbored a grudge” against John. Eventually, she prevailed upon Herod to…

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Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

February 3, 2022

  Reform and social change are ideas that come to the forefront at certain times in history. Change is not a bad thing. Social causes can lead to positive outcomes. An unfortunate outcome happens when social movements lose sight of their original ideals. The ideology of a social cause can make enemies out of people…

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Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

February 2, 2022

  Jesus is presented by his parents in the Temple in Jerusalem. Mary and Joseph of Nazareth have brought their son to perform this rite as an obligation of their Jewish Faith. They saw it as their duty as parents, and their privilege, to raise their son in a life of faith. This is what…

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Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

February 1, 2022

  “O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom!” Today’s readings deal with losing a child, one of the hardest tragedies a person can endure. David’s son Absalom dies in the midst of war, and Jesus encounters a Synagogue official whose daughter is on the verge of death. This is a part of the…

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Memorial of St. John Bosco, priest

January 31, 2022

  David the King faces the worst trial imaginable. He is running from a political rival to his throne, and the usurper is no other than his own son, Absolum. He flees with a loyal group of soldiers and advisors. As they are leaving Jerusalem they encounter Shimei, who mocks and taunts David and his…

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 30, 2022

  Jeremiah’s reading today is a description of divine intimacy between God and man, between the Creator and the created. “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” God knows us through and through. One cannot hide from God, and need not even try. The Lord gives Jeremiah his strength. He “fortifies” Jeremiah…

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Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

January 29, 2022

  Today in the Gospel, we hear about the storm on the sea and Jesus sleeping. His disciples are filled with anxiety, saying, “‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then…

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Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church

January 28, 2022

  In our alleluia verse today, we hear “Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.” Recently I was at Sunday Mass with my family, and my 4-year-old nephew said to me, “Br. Max can we go to adoration?” I took my nephew…

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Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

January 27, 2022

  Reading today’s Gospel, I am reminded of the great sacrament of reconciliation when Jesus says to his disciples, “For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light. Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.” Do you pour out your heart to God, especially…

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Memorial of Sts. Timothy and Titus, Bishops

January 26, 2022

  Today is the feast of Sts. Timothy and Titus. Like most of the Apostles, we don’t know too much about these two only that they were chosen by Jesus to lead his people. The responsorial verse for today is, “Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.” Like Timothy and Titus, we are called…

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Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Apostle

January 25, 2022

  On this great Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, the Alleluia verse reads, “I chose you from the world, to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.” This little saying should make us feel good but also remind us that we have a mission to do! God chose us to…

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Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

January 24, 2022

  Today in our Gospel reading, there is one word that comes to mind, unity. Jesus tells the Scribes “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan…

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 23, 2022

  In the first reading today, we hear, “Today is holy to the LORD your God. Do not be sad, and do not weep… Go, eat rich foods and drink sweet drinks, and allot portions to those who had nothing prepared; for today is holy to our LORD. Do not be saddened this day, for…

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Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

January 22, 2022

  On this day, the anniversary of the court decision of Roe vs. Wade, we pause to pray for the legal protection of unborn children. The opening refrain of the liturgy is the desolate cry of the unborn child: “For the sake of your name, O Lord, give me life” Cf. Ps 143:11. The first…

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Memorial of St. Agnes, virgin and martyr

January 21, 2022

  We commemorate today the early Christian martyr, Saint Agnes of Rome. The entrance antiphon for this day is a profound statement about the meaning of her martyrdom: “Blessed is the virgin who by denying herself and taking up her cross imitated the Lord, the spouse of virgins and prince of martyrs.” Agnes yielded to…

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