Memorial Day

Today’s readings. One of the effects of a presidential election year for me, is taking a long hard look at who we hold up as our leaders or our heroes.  In some ways, a presidential election is an emergence of whoever is the least objectionable candidate, because in this day and age, it’s hard to… Continue reading Memorial Day

The Solemnity of Pentecost

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We say these words every Sunday, and unfortunately I think they can become a little rote.  And that’s… Continue reading The Solemnity of Pentecost

School Graduation

Readings:  Acts 4:32-35, Psalm 145, 1 John 3:18-24, John 15:1-8 My dear graduates, you are gathered here for the last time as a class.  This has been your home away from home for the last nine or ten years, you have known each other and grown together, you have formed relationships that have seen you… Continue reading School Graduation

Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter (School Mass)

Today’s readings Jesus’ words to Peter in this Gospel reading are a mixture of comfort, challenge, and warning.  We have to think back to what happened between Peter and Jesus just before Easter.  Peter had just messed up in the worst way possible by denying his friend not once but three times.  People asked if… Continue reading Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter (School Mass)

Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings In these days after the Ascension, the Liturgy calls us to turn and find our hope and security in God.  Certainly this was difficult for the early disciples, who tested Jesus to see if he was who he said he was.  They were satisfied with what they found, and said they believed in… Continue reading Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Saint Matthias

Today’s readings We don’t really know much about St. Matthias. We have no idea what kind of holiness of life he led that led to his being nominated as one of two possibilities to take Judas’s position among the Twelve Apostles. But clearly, they would have nominated a holy and faithful man, and then they… Continue reading Saint Matthias

The Sixth Sunday of Easter [B]

Today’s readings Well, I think it’s pretty hard to miss the point of today’s Liturgy of the Word, isn’t it?   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. … Continue reading The Sixth Sunday of Easter [B]

Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Today’s Readings Today’s Gospel gives us some of the best news I think we can possibly get.  Jesus says he no longer calls us slaves, but instead he calls us his friends.  That’s important because, since he is God, he doesn’t really have to care about us, his creatures, that much.  He could just give… Continue reading Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

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 [B]

Today’s readings You are indeed Holy, O Lord, and all you have created rightly gives you praise, for through your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, by the power and working of the Holy Spirit, you give life to all things and make them holy, and you never cease to gather a people to yourself, so… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Easter [B]