Fourth Sunday of Easter: World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Today’s readings Today’s brief Gospel reading begins with the wonderful line, “My sheep hear my voice.” However, I have two problems with that. First, who wants to be compared to sheep? Sheep are not the brightest of animals, and they must remain in their flock to defend themselves against even the most innocuous of predators.… Continue reading Fourth Sunday of Easter: World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Third Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings A little over three weeks ago, we heard of the Twelve, gathered with Jesus in the upper room, celebrating the Passover for the last time together. Jesus tells them that he must suffer and die, and Peter proclaims on behalf of all of them, that they would suffer and die with him if… Continue reading Third Sunday of Easter

Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

Today’s readings There’s that old kitschy question, “If you were arrested and accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” As we’ve been hearing in our first reading ever since Easter began, that question is becoming a real source of anxiety for the Apostles. The Acts of the Apostles tells… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

Monday of the Second Week of Easter

Today’s readings One of the great things about being Catholic, I think, is the celebration of Easter. We do it up right, and keep doing it for fifty days! In fact, just yesterday we completed our celebration of Easter Day, which lasts for eight full days. It certainly makes sense to us that the joy… Continue reading Monday of the Second Week of Easter

Second Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings I’m always curious what brings people to Mass on the Second Sunday of Easter. We had crowds of people here last Sunday, as you know, but things this Sunday are, perhaps a bit unfortunately, back to normal. The Easter duty is done, and most people go back to their normal Sunday routines, whatever… Continue reading Second Sunday of Easter

Easter Saturday

Today’s readings Every year about Easter time, there are news reports of archeological findings that point to the fact that Jesus did not rise from the dead. I personally think those are specifically timed to detract from the solemnity and the joy that Easter brings us. This year was no exception, with the claim that… Continue reading Easter Saturday

Easter Thursday: Mystagogy Mass

Today’s readings We are a people who are really influenced by hindsight. How many times have you said, “I should have said…” or “If I knew then what I know now…”? It’s easy to have regrets about not being aware of what was happening at the time, but that’s really unproductive. Because as we look… Continue reading Easter Thursday: Mystagogy Mass

Easter Tuesday

Today’s readings Much like Mary Magdalene in today’s Gospel, we are a people who find letting go very difficult to do. We want to hold on to things and people as they are, because what is familiar is so very comfortable to us. I think sometimes that’s true regardless of whether the familiar is positive… Continue reading Easter Tuesday