• FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT NOVEMBER 27TH, 2022

    HEARING IMPAIRED? LISTEN TO INTERNAL TRANSMISSION OF THE CATHEDRAL SOUND SYSTEM ON 88.1 FM Introduction to the Liturgy – Watchfulness – The First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of another liturgical year.  Advent affords us the opportunity to reflect on the longing and hope that preceded Christ’s birth, just...

  • THIRTY-FOURTH SUNDAY – CHRIST THE KING NOVEMBER 20TH, 2022

    HEARING IMPAIRED? LISTEN TO INTERNAL TRANSMISSION OF THE CATHEDRAL SOUND SYSTEM ON 88.1 FM Introduction to the Liturgy – King from the Cross – The account of David’s anointing, in today’s first reading, speaks of his closeness to the people and his future role as a shepard-king.  In Luke’s gospel,...

  • THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME NOVEMBER 13TH, 2022

    HEARING IMPAIRED? LISTEN TO INTERNAL TRANSMISSION OF THE CATHEDRAL SOUND SYSTEM ON 88.1 FM Introduction to the Liturgy – An Industrious Spirit – Two interesting but contrasting figures appear in today’s readings.  Proverbs’ wife and mother, with all of her domestic duties, finds time to develop her personal skills and...

  • THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME NOVEMBER 6TH, 2022

    HEARING IMPAIRED? LISTEN TO INTERNAL TRANSMISSION OF THE CATHEDRAL SOUND SYSTEM ON 88.1 FM Introduction to the Liturgy – Wise and Vigilant – Wisdom is different than knowledge.  Wisdom orders what is known toward a determined end.  In the Bible, that end is God alone.  In today’s first reading, personified...

  • THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME OCTOBER 30TH, 2022

    Introduction to the Liturgy – To Seek and To Save – The reading from wisdom today teaches that everything that comes from the hand of God is good.  What is true of creation in general is especially true of God’s human children.  In forgiving sim God is aware of those...

  • THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME OCTOBER 23RD, 2022

    Introduction to the Liturgy – The Cry of the Poor – The poor in Israel were a special group.  Having no providers, they were totally dependent on Yahweh and therefore deserving of special care on the part of the community.  Gradually this socio-economic condition was transformed into a spiritual posture. ...

  • TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME OCTOBER 16TH, 2022

    Introduction to the Liturgy – Perseverance in Prayer – To continue steadfastly in prayer is a test of faith.  Moses’ upraised hands assured Yahweh’s protection but required uninterrupted supplication.  The widow in today’s gospel persisted in her request until the annoyed judge acceded.  The second letter to Timothy sees the...

  • TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME OCTOBER 9TH, 2022

    Introduction to the Liturgy – The Gratitude of Strangers – Gentiles had no real recognition within Israelite society.  While they were to be accorded decent treatments, they were always in a subordinate, even marginal position.  A leper was considered unclean and was barred from contact with the community.  To be...

  • TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME OCTOBER 2ND, 2022

    Introduction to the Liturgy – The Power of Faith – Habakkuk reminds his contemporaries that Yahweh will render judgement and final deliverance in his own time.  He calls for a steadfast faith. Today’s gospel presents two consecutive pronouncements of Jesus, perhaps initially unconnected but joined in Luke to underscore the...

  • TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2022

    Introduction to the Liturgy – True Riches – The Christian paradox of where lasting wealth really resides is at the heart of today’s readings.  The sheepherder prophet Amos in the eighth century B.C. speaks forcefully against his contemporaries in the northern kingdom who amass riches with little concern for the...