1st Sunday in Lent

This coming Sunday marks the first Sunday in Lent (Year C). It is a special day for the catechumens and candidates in the RCIA programs around the country. Here in the diocese of St. Petersburg, all the catechumens will celebrate the Rite of Sending in the parish and then gather at the cathedral for the Rite of Election celebrated with our bishop. It is a day when the RCIA program leaders witness to our community that the folks are well prepared and ready to enter Lent and the final steps towards the celebrations at Easter Vigil. Continue reading

Something different

If you have been following this blog for a while – first of all: thank you!  Secondly you probably realize that by following the cycle of Liturgical readings I have been around the loop more than once. Many (or most) of the times, the Monday through Friday postings of gospel commentaries for the upcoming Sunday are re-posts of something from three years ago.  For example, the posting for the week of February 4th (5th Sunday, Year C) was actually written about 6 years ago – updated a bit three years ago – and simply re-posted this year.  That being said the following weeks were new as I had never had the need to provide a commentary on the gospels for the 6th, 7th, or 8th Sundays of Year C.  Just a quirk of when Easter falls in a particular year. Continue reading

Blessings and Burdens

Gospel for Monday March 4th:  “As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.’” 20 He replied and said to him, “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.” 21 Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to (the) poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22 At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. Continue reading