Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s readings “Don’t shoot the messenger!” That’s our colloquial way of saying that the words we speak to someone come from someone else; they are not our ideas. Most of us have probably said that to someone at some time when giving them bad news. But that doesn’t work for we who are followers of… Continue reading Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

I don’t have to tell you, I am sure, that life on earth can be pretty uncertain on a daily basis.  Wars being fought all over the globe, terrorism and natural disasters, disrespect for human life, antagonism toward Christ-like values, all of this makes us feel pretty uncertain, at best.  Add to that the stuff… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Jesus uses a very familiar image today to illustrate the significance of following one’s vocation in life.  He talks about a shepherd, which in an agrarian culture like his own, would have immediately made sense to his hearers.  In a suburban place in the modern world, it loses some of its immediacy, but I still… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Friday of the Third Week of Easter

Today’s readings Saul is proof that God’s ways are not our ways.  How is it that God would pick for one of his chief Apostles a man who imprisoned and murdered the followers of the Christian Way?  That had to surprise even, and perhaps especially Saul, whose life was turned completely upside-down.  Poor Ananias had… Continue reading Friday of the Third Week of Easter

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

Today’s readings Being in the right place at the right time isn’t usually a coincidence.  Far more often than we realize, it’s the work of the Holy Spirit.  Certainly that is the case in today’s first reading.  How else would we explain an angel directing Philip to be on a road at the very same… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

The Third Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings “You are witnesses of these things.” That is what Jesus tells the disciples at the close of today’s Gospel reading. He is almost ready to ascend to the Father, and so he takes care to make sure that the disciples are ready for the mission. They are the ones who will have to… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Easter

The Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy)

Today’s readings Today, on the eighth day of Easter, we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, which was instituted by Pope Saint John Paul II, of blessed memory. On this Sunday, we remember that the resurrection of our Lord was an act of intense mercy for us sinners, obliterating the power of sin and giving us the… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy)

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Today’s readings “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 God who is very surprising. All through the Bible, we can read stories… Continue reading Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

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. During this Triduum journey, I have been reflecting in my homilies on the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. I’ve talked about the fact that this is… Continue reading The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Good Friday: Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

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. Last night, I talked about the cross, and how, while brutal and inconvenient and ugly, it is the way to salvation for all of us. We see… Continue reading Good Friday: Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion