Sixth Sunday of Easter [A]

Today’s readings I have been wanting to preach about hope for a while now.  There are a couple of reasons for that.  First, I don’t think we know what hope is, or at least, I don’t think we think much about what hope is.  The world, our society, gives us an idea of what hope… Continue reading Sixth Sunday of Easter [A]

School Graduation

Readings: Deuteronomy 31:1-8 – Psalm 145 – 1 Timothy 4:12-16 – Matthew 5:13-16 My dear graduates, you are gathered here for the last time as a class.  This has been the home away from home, for many of you, for the last nine or ten years; you have known each other and grown together; you… Continue reading School Graduation

Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Today’s readings are a reminder that we disciples have to be discerning.  It is important for us to discern what the truth is so that we can be led to the one who is Truth itself.  The Gentiles, who worshiped idols, didn’t have the context of monotheism – that there is one God… Continue reading Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

The Fifth Sunday of Easter [A]

Today’s readings I can see by your attendance here today that you were not caught up in the rapture last night. I bring this up not so much to poke fun at those who mistakenly predict the end of days, but rather to use this occasion to talk about exactly what we Catholics believe about… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Easter [A]

Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Mass for the school children: One of the most important things we can ever learn is that God loves us very much.  God created us because of love: if he didn’t love us, he never would have made us, because God never makes anything that he doesn’t love.  God is love, and so… Continue reading Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s readings When God made the human person, he put into him and her a hunger and a thirst that could only be filled up with God.  God made us for himself, because he is Love itself and Love must always have an object of that love.  As Saint Augustine said well, “You have made… Continue reading Monday of the Fourth 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

The Third Sunday of Easter [A]

Today’s readings It is always interesting to me, in this story of the appearance of Jesus on the road to Emmaus, how the one thing that got through to them was the breaking of the bread.  He spent a long time walking with them, interpreting the Scriptures and recollecting all the things that had happened… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Easter [A]

Monday of the Second Week of Easter

Today’s readings One of the great things about being Catholic, I think, is the celebration of Easter.  We do it up right, and keep doing it for fifty days!  In fact, just yesterday we completed our celebration of Easter Day, which lasts for eight full days.  It certainly makes sense to us that the joy… Continue reading Monday of the Second Week of Easter

The Second Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings I really feel like we are inappropriately harsh on poor Saint Thomas.  Sure, he had the benefit of seeing and knowing Jesus during his life, but still, neither he nor any of the other disciples had a guidebook of what was to happen after Jesus’ death, so how can we blame him for… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Easter