The Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.

OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL (OPTIONAL MEMORIAL) The Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath. Do you know the very first thing that’s called “holy” in the Bible? It isn’t a place like a temple or a shrine, but a time. It’s the sabbath (Genesis 2:3). God made the sabbath holy so...

This is my name forever.

SAINT BONAVENTURE, BISHOP AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH (MEMORIAL) This is my name forever.  “I am who am”—this is the phrase God used to reveal his name to Moses (Exodus 3:14). The original Hebrew, ehyeh asher ehyeh, is a wordplay that reflects the mysterious nature of...

Remove the sandals from your feet.

SAINT KATERI TEKAKWITHA, VIRGIN (MEMORIAL) Remove the sandals from your feet.  Nothing in Moses’ past could have prepared him for what was about to happen. Growing up in Pharaoh’s household, he may have heard tales of Abraham, but none of these stories would have been...

Moses fled . . . and stayed in the land of Midian.

SAINT HENRY (OPTIONAL MEMORIAL) Moses fled . . . and stayed in the land of Midian.  Every superhero has an origin story. Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and became Spiderman. Steve Rogers was injected with a secret serum and morphed into Captain...

Do not think that I have come to bring peace.

15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Do not think that I have come to bring peace. Doesn’t Jesus want us to get along? That’s a fair question, given today’s Gospel. His words can sound so harsh. Does he really want us to become enemies with people in our own household? No. But...

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