The Solemnity of Pentecost

Today’s readings Come, Holy Spirit, come! And from your celestial home Shed a ray of light divine! I have come to discover about myself that I am not real good at languages. I took a couple of years of French in junior high and I don’t think I remember one word of it. In high… Continue reading The Solemnity of Pentecost

Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings One of the greatest obstacles to the Christian life is comparing ourselves to others. Because, and I’ll just say it, discipleship isn’t meant to be fair. At least not as we see fairness. The essence of discipleship is doing what we were put here to do, we ourselves. We discern that vocation by… Continue reading Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings A lack of unity will kill us all. Jesus knew this, and so did St. Paul. In fact, St. Paul used a lack of unity among the Jews to save his own life. He knew that the Pharisees, of which he was one, believed in the resurrection of the dead, and angels and… Continue reading Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

The Ascension of the Lord

Today’s readings For some reason, whenever I’m in the car with my mother, taking her wherever it is we need to go, we seem to get all the red lights. After we stop for a dozen of them or so, it becomes kind of a joke, and she just laughs and says, “well, it’s because… Continue reading The Ascension of the Lord

Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings We gather here today on the eve of the Ascension. The tension is palpable; the disciples have so many more questions to ask, and they have no idea how short a time they have left to ask them. They are certainly not prepared to have the one they lost briefly to death ascend… Continue reading Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Petty jealousy is a pernicious thing. Paul experienced it, directed against him by those Jews who were jealous of Paul’s effective preaching and suspicious of the Christian Way. In their fear and jealousy, they appeal to Gallio, a Roman official, complaining that Paul stirred up the people to worship God contrary to the… Continue reading Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings “You will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.” Jesus continues to prepare his disciples for his not being among them in the flesh. He knows that his ascension to the Father was part of the plan, and he wants the disciples to be… Continue reading Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Today, Jesus has for us good news and bad news. The good news is that he is eventually going to send the Holy Spirit upon the world. The Holy Spirit will be a new Advocate for us, and will testify to everything that Jesus said and did. The Spirit’s testimony will be further… Continue reading Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings I think we get the point here, don’t we? The second reading and the Gospel tell us what John wants us to know about the Gospel: God is love. That’s a wonderful theme that runs all through John’s Gospel and the Letters of John. And today, deep into the Easter season, we have… Continue reading Sixth Sunday of Easter