Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter 

1568 --- Saint Paul at Ephesus by Maarten de Vos --- Image by © Francis G. Mayer/Corbis

Today’s readings  Today’s Liturgy of the Word represents a kind of wrap-up to the lives of St. Paul and Jesus, respectively. They both have completed the mission for which they had been sent, and both are now giving the mission back to God who would continue it as He alone saw fit. Paul’s mission had… Continue reading Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter 

Memorial Day 

Today’s readings: Isaiah 32:15-18, Philippians 4:6-9, Matthew 5:1-12a Memorial Day originally began in our country as an occasion to remember and decorate the graves of the soldiers who died in the Civil War. Later it became a holiday to commemorate all those who had died in war in the service of our country. This continues… Continue reading Memorial Day 

The Ascension of the Lord

Today’s readings  Have you ever been at a loss for words? Have you been in a situation that was so astounding that you were just … speechless? Hopefully it was for something astoundingly wonderful, as for the apostles as their Lord ascended to heaven. Can you imagine what was going through the disciples’ minds as… Continue reading The Ascension of the Lord

School Graduation: GO!

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Today’s readings: Acts 1:6-12 | 1 Timothy 4:12-16 | Matthew 28:16-20 Right in the middle of tonight’s Gospel reading, there is one word that sums it up for Christian disciples.  This is the word that marks what we’re supposed to do; it wraps up all the instructions Jesus gave to his Apostles, and to all… Continue reading School Graduation: GO!

Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter 

Today’s readings  Today, Jesus has for us good news and bad news. The good news is that he is eventually going to send the Holy Spirit upon the world. The Holy Spirit will be a new Advocate for us, and will testify to everything that Jesus said and did. The Spirit’s testimony will be further… Continue reading Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter 

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings So today I want to address a topic that I think doesn’t get enough attention, and that is the topic of hope.  Saint Peter in today’s second reading urges us to “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope…”  And that’s a bigger… Continue reading The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter 

Today’s readings  In our first reading this morning, we have from the Acts of the Apostles a rather defining moment for the early Church. Jesus hadn’t given them a precise rule book of how to make the Church develop: he simply sent them out to baptize. But he also told them to make disciples of… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter 

Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Cook, Henry; Saint Paul and Saint Barnabas at Lystra; Hampton Court Palace; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/saint-paul-and-saint-barnabas-at-lystra-104393

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

Today’s readings I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but to be Catholic means being on the move.  Many of the ancient churches were built in a shape that evoked a ship, which hearkened back to Noah’s ark, which was a foreshadowing of the Church.  Just as that ark was the means of salvation for… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Easter

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