The Annunciation of the Lord

Today's readings [display_podcast] Fear keeps us from doing all sorts of things the Lord wants for us. If we would truly let go of our fear and cling to our God, just imagine what he could do in us and through us. Ahaz was King of Israel, a mighty commander, but yet was so afraid… Continue reading The Annunciation of the Lord

Easter Friday

Today's readings [Mass for the school children.]  [display_podcast] We Catholics have the incredible gift of being able to celebrate Easter for eight days – we call that the Octave of Easter – and so today I can still say to you, “Happy Easter!” We celebrate Easter for eight days because it’s that important to us.… Continue reading Easter Friday

Easter Tuesday

Today’s readings In these Easter days, we so much want to hold on to Jesus. We have journeyed through Lent with him, perhaps coming to terms with our failings or our brokenness, reaching toward growth in our spiritual life. And maybe we have been successful, and maybe not. Whatever our experience of Lent, we have… Continue reading Easter Tuesday

Easter Sunday

Today’s readings There’s certainly a flurry of activity in today’s readings, isn’t there? Especially in the Gospel, we see Mary Magdalene run from the empty tomb to get the Apostles. And then Peter and the “disciple whom Jesus loved” ran to the tomb. This flurry of activity centers around a crisis in their faith, a… Continue reading Easter Sunday

The Easter Vigil

Today’s readings Next Sunday, I will have the wonderful privilege of baptizing my brand-new niece Katie. This past Thursday, I anointed a parishioner who is very close to death. On Monday, I will preside at the funeral of my mother’s aunt who was over 90 years old. This past year has been a roller coaster… Continue reading The Easter Vigil

Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

Today’s readings Today is a hard day for us Christians because this is the day that highlights our weaknesses and underscores our brokenness. In today’s readings, we hear about the Suffering Servant, the one who was despised and rejected, who bore our infirmities, who went silently to his death. The writer of our second reading… Continue reading Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

Wednesday of Holy Week

Today's readings [display_podcast] "The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him…" The gospels tell us in many places that Jesus willingly laid down his life. This was the mission the Father gave him, and this was the mission he had taken up on this earth. In these final days of Holy… Continue reading Wednesday of Holy Week

Tuesday of Holy Week

Today's readings [display_podcast] "And it was night." These are the three most chilling words in the Gospel of John. John's Gospel is all about the light. In the first verses of the first chapter of the Gospel, John speaks of the light that is Christ, "through him was life, and this life was the light… Continue reading Tuesday of Holy Week

Monday of Holy Week

Today's readings [display_podcast] The cost of Jesus' obedience to the Father is quickly becoming known at this point. In his life, he lived as the Suffering Servant of whom Isaiah speaks in today's first reading. He has been a covenant to all of us, has cured the sick, opened the eyes of the blind, and… Continue reading Monday of Holy Week

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Today's readings [display_podcast] Today, and throughout this Holy Week, we have in our Liturgy a stark reminder that the hope that we have in the Resurrection was purchased at a great price. Life in our world today would prefer to ignore the Cross. And with good reason. Because the Cross is embarrassing. Until Christianity, no… Continue reading Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion