Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings God is dependable. The promises he makes, he keeps, because he is truth itself and cannot do anything contrary to that truth. So he delivers poor Jeremiah, who has been denounced – even by his own friends – for speaking the truth. Just so, he delivers Jesus from the hands of the Jews,… Continue reading Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy of the Word helps us to reflect on God’s promises. Ever since God made the first covenant with Abraham, he has been renewing that covenant in ever stronger ways with all of the people he created and loves. Abraham was able to see the land God promised him, but could not… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Today Jesus speaks of his death and glorification, although he does speak of this in very veiled terms. Toward the end of today’s Gospel reading, he says, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM.” What he means, of course, is that when they lift him… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Lenten Reconciliation Service

Today’s readings: Colossians 1:3-14 | John 14:1-29 In Jesus Christ, we have absolutely everything that we need for the forgiveness of sins, except one thing. In Jesus Christ, we have our God who became man (and we celebrate the feast of the Annunciation today which marks the beginning of the Son in his human nature).… Continue reading Lenten Reconciliation Service

Solemnity of the Annunciation

Today's Readings | Today's Feast "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Today, we celebrate one of the most critical feasts in all of Christian history. In fact, it might be the critical feast. Without the Annunciation, there could never have been a Christmas.… Continue reading Solemnity of the Annunciation

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings Back in the sixth century before the birth of Christ, the Israelites were in a bad way. They had been separated from their God by sin: against God’s commands, they had betrayed their covenant with the Lord and made foreign alliances, which he had forbidden them to do. As punishment, God separated them… Continue reading Fifth Sunday of Lent

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings These days, we find ourselves in the middle of a section of John’s Gospel that leads up to the arrest and death of Jesus. But we’re not quite there yet, and if you’ve been following along these last few days as we’ve been hearing the story unfold, you can see that there’s a… Continue reading Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Reflection for Stations of the Cross

Reading: Matthew 26:17-20, Matthew 26:26-30 “My appointed time draws near.” In this statement, we see that Jesus was clearly very aware of his impending death, but we also see that that death was not something imposed on him by human beings. The sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross for our salvation was eternally ordained by… Continue reading Reflection for Stations of the Cross

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings It’s annoying when people call us on something and they’re right, isn’t it? But the Christian disciple knows that it is the job of our brothers and sisters to correct us when we stray, and the Christian disciple receives that correction as a grace. That’s clearly not how the hearers of the book… Continue reading Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

40 Hours: Thursday Evening Solemn Vespers

Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a So I’m now in my early forties and when I was growing up, like a lot of people my age, I think, Eucharistic adoration wasn’t something that I encountered. In those days shortly after the Second Vatican Council, a whole lot of the old got thrown out to make way for… Continue reading 40 Hours: Thursday Evening Solemn Vespers