Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Saint Paul was obviously a pretty tough guy.  I don’t know about you, but if I barely weathered the storm of people throwing rocks at me and leaving me for dead, I might think twice about how I handled my ministry.  That’s nothing to be proud of, but I think that’s part of… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Saint Catherine of Siena

Saint Catherine was born at Siena, in the region of Tuscany in Italy.  When she was six years old Jesus appeared to Catherine and blessed her.  As many parents do for their children, her mother and father wanted her to be happily married, preferably to a rich man.  But Catherine didn’t want that, she wanted… Continue reading Saint Catherine of Siena

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings One of the most exciting lines in today’s Liturgy of the Word comes in the second reading: “The One who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’”  The book of Revelation is all about the persecution of the early Christians, and it looks forward to the day when God… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Now think about this just for a minute – pretend you are Paul or Barnabas or one of the other apostles.  Think about all the things they went through in that first reading. Paul hasn’t even been a Christian for very long, and already he is being hounded and persecuted.  Maybe that makes… Continue reading Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

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

Saint Mark, Evangelist

Today’s readings We aren’t completely sure who St. Mark was.  He might have been the first bishop of Alexandria, Egypt.  Some scholars say he might have been the one described in chapter 14 of Mark’s Gospel, at the arrest of Jesus: “Now a young man followed him wearing nothing but a linen cloth about his… Continue reading Saint Mark, Evangelist

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s readings I think most of the time, we really need to be reassured that we are in the hands of God.  Things here on earth can be pretty uncertain on a daily basis.  The state of the economy, wars being fought all over the globe, terrorism and natural disasters, the disrespect for human life,… Continue reading Tuesday 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

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

Today’s readings Do you believe in coincidences?  I can’t say that I do, at least not in the spiritual sense.  Sometimes, I think, being in the right place at the right time is divinely ordained.  Far more often than we realize, I think it’s the work of the Holy Spirit.  Certainly that has to be… Continue reading Thursday 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?  We heard a story just like this during Holy Week!  In fact, Stephen is in good company.  He is brought to the same place where his Lord Jesus, and later Peter and… Continue reading Monday of the Third Week of Easter