Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s readings “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 as… Continue reading Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

The Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reading speaks of Jesus, the Good Shepherd who knows his sheep, and whose sheep know him.  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… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Monday of the Third Week of Easter

Today’s readings Well, it doesn’t take long.  Just on Saturday at Mass, we heard about the selection of the first deacons of the Church, including Saint Stephen.  And now, today we hear of his persecution and impending death sentence.  The life of faith certainly has its ups and downs, doesn’t it?  I am sure we… Continue reading Monday of the Third Week of Easter

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 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 The Second Sunday of Easter

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Today’s readings (Although I did use the Gospel reading from the Vigil, because I can!)  “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… Continue reading Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Tonight’s readings We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered. We have come to the pinnacle of our vigil, this mother of vigils, focused now as we have been since our Liturgy began on Thursday night, on… Continue reading The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Holy Saturday: Blessing of Food

Reading:  Deuteronomy 26:1-4, 10b-11 Holy Saturday is a rough day for us Catholics, I think.  We started last Sunday with a triumphant procession with palms, only to end with the death of Jesus in the Passion.  On Thursday, we gathered for the joyful celebration of the institution of the Eucharist – an incredible gift from… Continue reading Holy Saturday: Blessing of Food

Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Today’s readings We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered. 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 letter to the… Continue reading Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Monday of Holy Week

Today’s readings There are two things going on in today’s Scripture readings.  First, we have the Jews, and now Judas among them, who are very jealous of Jesus and are seeking to arrest and kill him.  And not just him, but anyone who encourages people to believe in him, like Lazarus in today’s Gospel.  In… Continue reading Monday of Holy Week