18 October 2021

Main Street: "Rose of Rio Grande"

It's time for some more barbershop harmony. Here is a presentation of "Rose of Rio Grande" by Main Street:


Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of astronomers and their search for knowledge of our universe.

Bishop Tobin on Who the Enemy Is

"Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people and set them free . . . He promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us. (Lk 1:68; 70-71)

 "In his canticle, Zechariah rejoiced that the Lord had come to the People of Israel to save them from their enemies, from those who hated them. But it begs the question: Who is the enemy today? It's a good question since, according to one count, the word enemy (or 'enemies') is found in the Bible 372 times! So, who are our enemies?

"First, just as Israel had enemies in its day, so too does the Christian Church have enemies in our day. The Church has always had enemies, beginning with Saul of Tarsus, during the Roman Empire, and continuing throughout the ages. And in some parts of the world, even today, Christians are persecuted and martyred. Closer to home the disdain for the Church is on full display in the vandalism of churches and statues, in punitive lawsuits, in the halls of Congress, and in our secular society."

In a recent commentary, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, of the Diocese of Providence (RI), reflected on who our enemies may be - including enemies of the Church, personal enemies, ourselves,and Satan.

To access Bishop Tobin's complete essay, please visit: 

The Imitation of Christ: And Who Is The Enemy? (14 OCT 21)

Reflection Starter from the Gospel According to Luke

"But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." - Luke 6:27-28

17 October 2021

"The Servant King"

As we continue our Sunday celebration, I offer this version of "The Servant King":

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today the Church celebrates the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The assigned readings are Isaiah 53:10-11, Hebrews 4:14-16, and Mark 10:35-45. The Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 33 (Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22). 

For one version of the Responsorial Psalm set to music, please visit:

YouTube: Responsorial Psalm - Psalm 33 "Lord, let Your mercy be on us; as we place our trust in You"

The Gospel reading is as follows: 

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you."
He replied, "What do you wish me to do for you?"
They answered him, "Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left."
Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?"
They said to him, "We can."
Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink, you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared."
When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John. Jesus summoned them and said to them, "You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Reflections on these readings:

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Salesian Sunday Reflections: Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time October 17, 2021

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Sundays Salesian: Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (October 17, 2021)

Community in Mission: No Cross, No Crown - A Homily for the the 29th Sunday of the Year (16 OCT 21)

Crossroads Initiative: The Sons of Zebedee - Ambition vs. Servant Leadership

The Quiet Corner: Father Randall's priestly service leaves lasting impact (14 OCT 21)

The Boston Pilot: Echoes: Jaymie Stuart Wolfe: To serve, not to be served (15 OCT 21)

Saint John's Seminary: Fr. Joseph Briody: Sunday Reflection: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Paul Center: Cup of Salvation: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Magis Center for Catholic Spirituality: Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ex Corde at Benedictine College: This Sunday, They Will Only Follow If We Suffer (14 OCT 21)

Word on Fire: Do You Really Want What God Wants? (Cycle B * Ordinary Time * Week 29)

National Catholic Register: Sunday Guide: We Are Meant to Be Like the Suffering Servant (14 OCT 21)

Spirituality of the Readings: Ask? (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)

In Exile: A Drama of the Heart - Jesus' Sacrifice (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)

Glancing Thoughts: Glory, Glory, Hallelujah (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)

The Perspective of Justice: The Greatest Service (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)

The Word Embodied: Lording It over the Rest (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)

Let the Scriptures Speak: Jesus, Lay High Priest (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B) 

Historical Cultural Context: Acquiring Honor (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B) 

Thoughts from the Early Church: Commentary by John Chrysostom (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)

'A Blast from the Past'

From "a number of years ago": when the children were younger, we would go each year (typically on Columbus Day weekend) to Petersen Farm in Harmony (RI) to pick up pumpkins and other select items. (Mr. Petersen was also the deputy chief at the Harmony Fire Department. During our last few trips there, he was starting to grow Christmas trees, and, since then, the farm has transitioned entirely to Christmas trees.):


Facebook: Petersen Farm

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of encouraging and guiding words transmitted to us.

Mary Marrocco on Words and Speaking the Sacred

"Having seen many performances of Shakespeare's play, I have heard many actors' interpretations of Hamlet's response to the seemingly innocent question: 'What do you read, my lord?'

"With dry irony, or with bitterness, weariness, humor or biting sarcasm, Hamlet replies: 'Words, words, words.' Like his author, Hamlet had reason to be fed up with words and reason to be entranced with them. So have we all.

"A dizzying variety of words is spit out at us regularly. How do we sort them out? Consider the difficulty of understanding the thought of one person you love and respect. What would it take to absorb and understand even a tiny fraction of all the thought that is thrown at us? . . .

"True words can reveal something, just as false words can deny something. When words are misused and truth relative, it produces in us an understandable anger that gets recycled as general anguish.

In a recent commentary, Catholic News Service columnist Mary Marrocco reflected on the importance of words in our lives and on the need to open ourselves to faith-related words.

To access Ms. Marrocco's complete essay, please visit:

Boston Pilot: Echoes: Mary Marrocco: Speak the sacred (8 OCT 21)

Reflection Starter from Pope Francis

"Jesus asks us to immerse ourselves compassionately in the lives of those we meet as He has done with us. God is love and love is humble, it does not exalt itself, but descends like the rain that falls to the earth and brings life." - Pope Francis