FARAWAY HEARTS (Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23): 30 August 2009 (Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time)

FARAWAY HEARTS (Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23):  30 August 2009 (Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Today’s Readings

Dear Lord,

Today you quote the prophet Isaiah as you complain about the Pharisees:

This people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines human precepts.

But for all we know, you could be complaining about us.  For all I know, you could be complaining about me.  You say you dislike mere lip service because you want nothing less than our hearts.  When I hear your words, I can’t help but recall my faraway heart. Continue reading FARAWAY HEARTS (Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23): 30 August 2009 (Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time)

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DETOURS (John 6:60-69): 23 August 2009 (Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time)

DETOURS (John 6:60-69): 23 August 2009 (Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Today’s Readings

Dearest Lord Jesus,

It was a heartbreaking scene–that moment when you turned to your disciples after watching all the others go.  “Do you also want to leave?” you asked them, perhaps not without some fear. Continue reading DETOURS (John 6:60-69): 23 August 2009 (Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time)

HOOK, LINE, AND SINKER (John 6:51-58): 16 August 2009 (Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

HOOK, LINE, AND SINKER (John 6:51-58):  16 August 2009 (Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Today’s Readings

Dearest Lord,

Last night someone who had gone to an anticipated Sunday Mass bumped into me and surprised me with his reaction.  He said:  “The Bread of Life?!  Again?!”

He’s right.  This is the third Sunday that the Gospel reading has been about the Bread of Life–and what he doesn’t know yet is that it won’t be the last.  Next Sunday will still be about the Bread of Life!  I told him, “If you think listening to it for the nth time is hard, try writing a homily about it for the nth time!” Continue reading HOOK, LINE, AND SINKER (John 6:51-58): 16 August 2009 (Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

DISTASTE (John 6:41-51): 09 August 2009 (Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

DISTASTE (John 6:41-51):  09 August 2009 (Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Today’s Readings

Dear Lord,

I think you know what I mean when I say that today’s Gospel reminds me of Stephen Sondheim’s musical, “Sweeney Todd:  The Devil Barber of Fleet Street.”  All this talk about eating your blood and drinking your blood made me think of Mrs. Nellie Lovett’s meat pies, whose secret ingredients are–of all things–the body parts of rich people murdered by Sweeney Todd. Continue reading DISTASTE (John 6:41-51): 09 August 2009 (Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

NEVER HUNGER, NEVER THIRST (John 6:24-35): 02 August 2009 (Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

NEVER HUNGER, NEVER THIRST (John 6:24-35): 02 August 2009 (Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Today’s Readings

Today’s Gospel Reading is about Jesus the Bread of Life, who promises that “whoever comes to me will never hunger and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”  These days we are grieving our loss of President Corazon Aquino, as though we have lost a family member.  No one can give a more powerful reflection on the Scripture today than her, who “never hungered, never thirsted” even in the worst of famines and droughts because of her strong faith in the Lord.    Continue reading NEVER HUNGER, NEVER THIRST (John 6:24-35): 02 August 2009 (Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)