Easter Thursday: Peace Be With You

Today’s readings Can you imagine how the disciples were feeling at this point? Prior to today’s Gospel selection, the women found the empty tomb, Peter has seen the Lord, and the two disciples had experienced him in the breaking of the bread on the way to Emmaus. Their minds were most likely reeling with excitement;… Continue reading Easter Thursday: Peace Be With You

Easter Tuesday

Today’s readings In these Easter days, we so much want to hold on to Jesus. We have journeyed through Lent with him, perhaps coming to terms with our failings or our brokenness, reaching toward growth in our spiritual life. And maybe we have been successful, and maybe not. Whatever our experience of Lent, we have… Continue reading Easter Tuesday

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord: The Mass of Easter Day

Today’s readings (I actually opted to use the Gospel of the Vigil, Luke 24:1-12, which is permitted) “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… Continue reading Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord: The Mass of Easter Day

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night: The Triumph of the Cross

Tonight’s readings “You shall be my people, and I will be your God” (Ezekiel 36:28). I love that last line from the last of the Old Testament readings we heard tonight. There is a covenant, there has always been a covenant, there always will be a covenant. God created us in love, and he loves… Continue reading The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night: The Triumph of the Cross

Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion: The Way of the Cross

Today’s readings I saw a little comic on Facebook yesterday that had two panels. The top panel was entitled “your way” and showed a stick figure on a bicycle traveling a straight road to the finish line. Smooth sailing, or bicycling, whatever. The bottom panel wasn’t so simple. The same bicyclist had to travel a… Continue reading Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion: The Way of the Cross

Holy Thursday: The Scandal of the Cross

Today’s readings I love what Jesus says to Peter after Peter initially refuses to have his feet washed. “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will understand later.” I kind of feel like that’s what could be said about the entirety of our faith. What we are taught very rarely makes… Continue reading Holy Thursday: The Scandal of the Cross

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Today’s readings Palm Sunday is, quite honestly, a feast with a bit of a split personality. 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… Continue reading Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Many of us have probably had to deal with a situation when people were working against us, or at least it seemed that way. Maybe they were spreading lies about us, trying to get others to work against us. So I think today we find ourselves in good company. Today’s readings find the… Continue reading Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Saint Patrick, Bishop

Today’s readings “Look to the LORD in his strength; seek to serve him constantly.” These words of the Psalmist are ones that guided Saint Patrick throughout his life and ministry. He was subject to so much misfortune, that it would have been easy for him to throw up his hands and not give God a… Continue reading Saint Patrick, Bishop

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Just as the saraph serpent was lifted up on a pole in the desert for the people to see, and thus live, so the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, was lifted up on the cross for the salvation of the world.  In these late Lenten days, the Church is looking to the Cross,… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent