Third Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings “You are witnesses of these things.” That is what Jesus tells the disciples at the close of today’s Gospel reading. He is almost ready to ascend to the Father, and so he takes care to make sure that the disciples are ready for the mission. They are the ones who will have to… Continue reading Third Sunday of Easter

Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

Today’s readings Today’s Scriptures are showing us that two ways are being developed in the early days of Christianity. The first is the way of the world, and the second is the Way – with a capital “W” – which became known as Christianity. That first way, our Gospel reading tells us, is concerned with… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

Today’s readings Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus is a perplexing one, to be sure. But in the light of Easter, we can see that Jesus was proclaiming that God is doing something new. Not only that, but God wants us all to be part of that new thing. For Nicodemus, that meant the old ways of… Continue reading Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

Second Sunday of Easter

Today’s Readings Today is the feast day for those of us who sometimes question things, and the apostle, St. Thomas, is our patron saint. And so today we can give Thomas a hard time for his unbelief, and we can disparage all those other “doubting Thomases” in our lives, or, maybe, we can just come… Continue reading Second Sunday of Easter

Easter Saturday

Today’s readings We are confronted in today’s Gospel with something we all have to struggle with, and that is a reluctance to believe. In the disciples’ case, it was a slowness to believe based on the fact that they didn’t really have the resources that we do – like the scriptures and hundreds of years… Continue reading Easter Saturday

Easter Thursday

Today’s readings The time between Easter and Pentecost is often referred to as the period of Mystagogy. Mystagogy is a Greek word meaning “looking back on the mysteries.” It is a time of unpacking what we have just been through, and coming to see, with eyes enlightened by faith, the meaning of things we may… Continue reading Easter Thursday

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Today’s readings “Do not be amazed!” – I just love that line in the Gospel. We have to get behind the sentiment of that statement today if we are to really understand what this day is all about. We believe in a God who is very surprising. All through the Bible, we can read stories… Continue reading Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

Today’s readings The scene at the cross is heart-wrenching. His chosen Twelve have deserted him, all but one. But some women who were among his devoted followers have braved the implications for them and have arrived with him at the foot of the cross. The Beloved Disciple – probably John – has come too. And,… Continue reading Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Today’s readings “We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he is our salvation, our life and our resurrection; through him we are saved and made free.” That is the proper entrance antiphon, also known as the introit, for this Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. It is taken from Paul’s… Continue reading Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Monday of Holy Week

Today’s readings Well, it’s time to get it right. The end is almost in sight, and to be confused now about who Jesus was and why he came is just not acceptable. No, he didn’t come for accolades or to lead huge revivals or stadium events. He came to suffer and die, and Mary has… Continue reading Monday of Holy Week