Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Lent

In spite of what we hear about them in the gospel today James and John were loyal disciples.  They probably would have done anything Our Lord asked of them.  But in a sense they were clueless about what he was really about.  Their request to sit beside him in heaven shows the degree to which…

Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Lent

When the prophet Isaiah called on the Hebrews to set things right with God, he was talking about humility and about the ability and the willingness to see ourselves as God sees us, and not to be so concerned with what other people see.  Humility means being honest with God and being open to receive…

Monday of the 2nd Week of Lent

Why do so many people find it so difficult to stop judging and condemning others?  Our Lord tells us that we must stop judging so that we may not be judged.  We are told that by our words we will be judged.  We are also told that if we want to be reconciled with God,…

Second Sunday of Lent

In today’s Mass, we glimpse something of the glory of God when Christ was Transfigured in the presence of his disciples.  Our Lord invites us to be one with him, to leave our sins behind and to be transformed by his love.  First of all we must ask him to give us a spirit of…

Saturday of the 1st Week of Lent

The words of Our Lord that jump out at us today from the gospel must certainly be: You must be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)   According to the dictionary, perfect means: entirely without flaw or defect; meeting supreme standards of excellence; satisfying all requirements.  Some of us may be struggling…

Friday of the 1st Week of Lent

In theory Our Lord’s commandment about forgiveness sounds fairly easy, but we all know how hard it can be to put into practice.  This is one of those commandments that most of us would rather put off as long as possible.  And yet throughout the Gospels we read how Our Lord placed a sense of…

Thursday of the 1st Week of Lent

For some people, prayer must be like a trip to the amusement arcade; they slide a coin into the prayer machine, pull the lever, and see what happens.  Maybe once in a while they win, but more often than not, they’re just yanking on the lever and waiting to see what happens.  Such people see…

Wednesday of the 1st Week of Lent

The English word “Lent” derives from the Anglo-Saxon word “lencten” meaning to lengthen, and is associated with the seasonal transition from Winter to Spring as the daylight hours lengthen.  The word brings to mind renewal and new life.  But springtime also brings to mind the often dreaded task of spring cleaning.  Like spring, Lent is…

Commemoration of Ss. Perpetua & Felicity

The lives and deaths of many of the early martyrs are shrouded in mystery but we have a full eyewitness account of the suffering and death of Saint Felicity and Saint Perpetua whom we honour today.  Both were pagans who converted to Christianity – they were condemned to be mauled by lions in the arena…

Monday of the 1st Week of Lent

In the first reading today from the Book of Leviticus, Almighty God tells us that we are to be holy because He, the Lord our God, is holy.  Then we are given a whole series of statements about what this holiness is to look like, and it is all about treating people in the proper…

First Sunday of Lent

During this season of Lent we endeavour to imitate Christ our Lord who went into the desert for forty days and forty nights in order to prepare himself for his ministry.  Through prayer, penance and almsgiving we try to come closer to God. If we don’t count Sundays, the season of Lent is 40 days…

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Following his encounter with Our Lord, Levi was moved to change his life completely.  Now, you might think that this would be the perfect way to end his story; but Levi encountered further aggravation when some Pharisees disrupt the dinner he gave in Our Lord’s honour.  The Pharisees objected to Jesus spending time with Levi’s…