The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

Today’s readings Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia! We English-speakers have just one word for time, but other languages have more; those languages recognize the different kinds of time.  Most notably for us, because it is reflected in the New Testament, the Greek language has two kinds of time: chronos and kairos.  Chronos is the kind of… Continue reading The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

Tuesday of Holy Week

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reading contains four of the most chilling words in all of holy Scripture: “And it was night.”  Those narrative words come just after Judas takes the morsel and leaves the gathering.  But the evangelist didn’t include those words to tell us the time of day.  In John’s Gospel, there is an… Continue reading Tuesday of Holy Week

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Today’s readings This is it.  Today’s liturgy brings us to the place we’ve been journeying toward all during Lent.  These past forty days have seen Jesus tangle with the established religion, all the while healing the sick and preaching repentance.  We have participated in that by receiving absolution in Confession, participating in our parish mission,… Continue reading Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

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

Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Foster Father of Our Lord

Today’s readings On today’s feast, we celebrate the faithfulness of Saint Joseph. When he became betrothed to Mary, he got more than he could ever have bargained for. It certainly would have been easy to divorce her quietly when the news of her pregnancy became known, and it certainly would have been difficult to continue… Continue reading Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Foster Father of Our Lord

The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings The joy of last week’s Laetare Sunday begins to fade a bit as we get into this fifth week of Lent. Now the Passion of our Lord is clearly in view. Maybe in your church, statues of the saints, Mary, and even Jesus on the Cross are covered by violet or red cloths.… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Sometimes it’s hard for things to get through to us, isn’t it?  Well, it’s always been that way, apparently.  One of my friends in seminary used to say that the Israelites had a pillar of cloud leading them by day, and a pillar of fire by night.  So how come they couldn’t believe… Continue reading Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Today’s readings There’s a lot of talk about water in these readings today, and when that happens, we know that it means the talk is really about baptism. We ourselves are the sick and lame man who needed Jesus’ help to get into the waters of Bethesda. The name “Bethesda” means “house of mercy” in… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

The Fourth Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings Traditionally, today is Laetare Sunday – laetare being Latin for “rejoice.” Sometimes this Sunday is celebrated by the wearing of rose-colored vestments, rather than the Lenten violet.  Laetare Sunday reminds us that even in the “heaviness” of Lent, there is reason for rejoicing.  And today’s readings do deal with some heavy topics, but clearly and always through the… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Lent

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s readings Today’s Scriptures address another one of the ways that we fallen human beings tend to avoid the truth. Sometimes, when we are confronted with the truth, we attack its source. If we cast doubt on the one bringing us the truth, then we don’t have to follow his or her words, right? The… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Lent