Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Today’s readings “Why do you seek the living one among the dead?” That was the question the men in white garments asked the women in today’s Gospel reading.  This is an important question for all of us people of faith on this Easter day.  Because we often seek life among the dead.  Jesus came to… Continue reading Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Tonight’s readings Dear Brothers and Sisters, how good it feels to say “Alleluia” tonight!  Ever since we put the acclamation of our Resurrection joy away some forty days ago, we have been yearning for the opportunity to celebrate, once again, the fullness of our salvation.  And this is the night!  This is the night when… Continue reading The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

Today’s readings How quickly things have changed among Jesus’ followers.  His disciples – even the chosen Twelve – have pretty much deserted him.  They’ve either fled in fear, or else they have betrayed him, or denied that they knew him.  But some women who were among his devoted followers have braved the implications for them… Continue reading Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

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

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Today’s readings I’ve always felt that the celebration of Palm Sunday was a little strange.  We start out on a seemingly triumphant note.  Jesus enters Jerusalem, the city of the center of the Jewish religion, the city he has been journeying toward throughout the gospel narrative, and he enters it to the adulation of throngs. … Continue reading Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Caiaphas had no idea how prophetic his words were.  Actually, as far as the intent of his words went, they were nothing but selfish.  The Jews didn’t want to lose their standing with the Romans.  As it was, they had an uneasy peace.  The Romans pretty much let them practice their religion as… Continue reading Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings The story is quickly coming to its climax. Jesus’ claims of divinity are really starting to rile the Jews.  They have placed their hope in Abraham and the prophets – great men to be sure – but seem to have forgotten about the promise of a Messiah, and so they totally miss the… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Susanna’s story is one of the most eloquent in the Old Testament Scriptures, in it we see the wisdom of the prophet Daniel, as well as the mercy and justice of God.  I think when we hear it, we can’t but help think of yesterday’s Gospel reading about the acquittal of the woman… Continue reading Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings Back in the sixth century before the birth of Christ, the Israelites were in a bad way.  They had been separated from their God by sin: against God’s commands, they had betrayed their covenant with the Lord and made foreign alliances, which he had forbidden them to do.  He forbade this because he… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent

The Word from Father Pat: Saint Patrick’s Day

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth… Continue reading The Word from Father Pat: Saint Patrick’s Day