WEDNESDAY OF THIRTY-FOURTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME As I read today's first reading from the Book of Revelation, I felt the calm and peace of the Lord wash over me. The last few days have felt stressful for me. But after reflecting on the reading, I began to feel the peace of Christ overtake my anxieties. At Mass yesterday, Father talked about joyful suffering. Not being surprised that bad things happen in our life but instead welcoming them, rejoicing in them, and allowing the
TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME My husband is with dad out fishing. A fishing trip I should be on—a fishing trip where I should be competing my Cutt Slam challenge. No, yesterday my back decided it didn't like me moving around and screams out sharp pains when choosing to do anything besides lay flat. This Tuesday, we should be loading up the cars and driving Jake down to Laramie, Wyo, to begin his freshman year of college, but UW changed the move-in dates until September, m
THURSDAY OF THE FIFTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Today's Gospel is only three verses. Three simple little lines that mean so much. People quote them all the time. "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." (Matthew 11:28-30) Jesus's words do not mean what most people desire them to mean. A
WEDNESDAY OF THE FOURTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME As you go, make this proclamation: 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' (Matthew 10:7) When was the last time you or I made this proclamation? Honest? I was a youth minister and a faith formation director, and I can't remember ever saying these exact words to another soul. And yet, we should, right? Maybe we don't exactly think of it that way. Back in chapter 3 of the Gospel of Matthew, we heard John the Baptist say, "Repent, f
SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST It has been another morning where more things went wrong than right: a different one of our four dogs left me a present this morning. The replacement of the replacement fridge arrives today, let's hope it fits through the small doors of our old log home. The resistance on my exercise bike wasn't working this morning, no idea why. And my favorite pair of earrings broke. You get the picture. Life is messy and frustrating. So often w
SATURDAY OF THE TENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Today's readings at first read might not seem connected. Although, if you have a morning like I had today, you might instantly see how they work together. In the first reading, Elisha is called to follow Elijah. He slaughters his oxen and burns his plow equipment for the fuel to cook them. In other words, he gives away his livelihood, all that he has to follow the Lord. In the Gospel reading, Jesus tells His disciples, "Let your 'Ye
THURSDAY OF THE SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER In today's Gospel reading, Jesus says some things that confuse His disciples. "A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while later and you will see me." (John 16:16) Jesus knows the disciples are confused, so he gives them a little more to work with, " 'A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me'? Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices
TUESDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF EASTER Yesterday, we looked at Jesus's message: Belief.
If we believe in Him, how does that transform our lives? How does that life-altering belief shape everything I do today?
When I write these posts every morning, that is my thought for myself and for you. How does my belief, my faith, transform the actions I take today?
"Believe" is a simple message, but it is a call to so much more. It is an invitation to give ourselves to God without ho