St. Catherine of Siena

Today’s readings: 1 John 3:16-18 | Psalm 34 | Luke 12:32-34 Today’s saint This Mass was with the school children. Saint Catherine was born at Siena, in the region of Tuscany in Italy. Catherine was the youngest in a family of twenty-five children.  Can you imagine having twenty-four brothers and sisters?!  When she was six… Continue reading St. Catherine of Siena

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Jesus tells us in the Gospel today that he did not “come to condemn the world but to save the world.”  His implication here is that being condemned is our choice.  God’s choice is that all of creation would come back to him, and be one in him.  It is us – sinful… Continue reading Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s readings “It was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians.” You know, I think the name Christian is so common to us that we take it for granted.  For those first disciples, there had to be a mix of emotions that came with being called Christians for the first time.  They may… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter

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

Friday of the Third Week of Easter

Today’s readings Saul is proof that God’s ways are not our ways.  How is it that God would pick for one of his chief Apostles a man who imprisoned and murdered the followers of the Christian Way?  That had to surprise even, and perhaps especially Saul, whose life was turned completely upside-down.  Poor Ananias had… Continue reading Friday of the Third Week of Easter

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

Today’s readings 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 road… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

Today’s readings As Catholics, we believe that opposite things don’t necessarily cancel each other out.  For instance, we believe, as our first reading today illustrates, that we can have joy in the midst of sorrow.  The early Community found themselves severely persecuted.  Saul, for whom God had future plans, was currently doing his best to… Continue reading Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter

Today’s readings At our core, we all want peace and security in our lives.  We don’t want rough waters, or pain, or discord in our families, and that’s all understandable.  I think it’s that very same sentiment that is behind our Scripture readings today. The Jewish people, the elders and the scribes, the religious establishment… Continue reading Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter

Monday of the Third Week of Easter

Today’s readings So they drag Saint Stephen before the Sanhedrin, and make all sorts of false claims against him.  Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?  In fact, Stephen is in good company.  He is brought to the same place where his Lord Jesus, and later Peter and the apostles, have gone before him.  And just like all… Continue reading Monday of the Third Week of Easter

Third Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings There is a big difference in Peter in the Gospel and Peter in our first reading from the Acts of the Apostles today.  As the Gospel story begins, we find Peter completely wounded by his past.  He had denied his Lord, not once, but three times.  Now that the crucifixion and resurrection has… Continue reading Third Sunday of Easter