Sixth Sunday of Easter

Today's readings [display_podcast] As we have gathered these last several weeks to continue our celebration of Easter, maybe you noticed that we have always had a reading from the Acts of the Apostles as our first reading.  In these readings, we have been hearing about an almost idyllic community, a community that has shared its… Continue reading Sixth Sunday of Easter

St. Mark, Evangelist

Today's readings | Today's saint [display_podcast] We aren’t completely sure who St. Mark was.  He might have been the first bishop of Alexandria, Egypt.  Some scholars say he might have been the one described in chapter 14 of Mark’s Gospel, at the arrest of Jesus: “Now a young man followed him wearing nothing but a… Continue reading St. Mark, Evangelist

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Today's readings [display_podcast]   I love it when engaged couples pick this reading for their weddings.  Not just because it’s sentimental, all talking about love and everything.  I like it because of the way it talks about love.  Because it would be easy enough to say that if we just love each other a little… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Today's readings [display_podcast] What wonderful words of encouragement and consolation we have in today’s Gospel reading: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”  We can think of all sorts of situations… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Today's readings [display_podcast] I remember – vaguely – the experience of moving into a new house when I was little.  I was about eight at the time, but events like that stand out because they are so significant in our lives.  Anyway, I remember going out with Mom and Dad and looking at some new… Continue reading Fifth Sunday of Easter

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today's readings [display_podcast] Today’s readings are full of messengers.  In the first reading, Paul is a messenger bringing news of the real meaning of the ancient Scriptures in light of the death and resurrection of Jesus.  And he speaks of another messenger, John the Baptist, who paved the way for the coming of Jesus by… Continue reading Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today's readings [display_podcast] When people ask you where you are from, the way that you answer that question probably depends a lot on the context.  For instance, if it was a stranger who asked you that question when you were on a vacation out of the country, you might answer, “I’m from the United States.” … Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today's readings [display_podcast] “Athirst is my soul for the Living God.” The Psalmist today sums up what is going on in the entire Liturgy of the Word.  In the book of Acts, we see that even the Gentiles seek salvation in Christ, and Peter learns that those God has called to holiness cannot be treated… Continue reading Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter: Following the Good Shepherd

Today's readings [display_podcast] Every year on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, we celebrate “Good Shepherd Sunday.”  And every year on this Sunday, I protest inwardly about how awful it is to be compared to sheep!  I think a lot of priests look forward to preaching on this day, but for me the analogy just doesn’t… Continue reading Fourth Sunday of Easter: Following the Good Shepherd

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

Today's readings [display_podcast] Being in the right place at the right time isn't usually a coincidence.  Far more often than we realize, I think it’s the work of the Holy Spirit.  Certainly that has to be the case in today’s first reading.  How else would we explain an angel directing Philip to be on a… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Easter