School Graduation: Salt and Light

Tonight’s readings: Acts 26:9-18 | 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 | Matthew 5:13-16 Tonight as we come together to celebrate the Eucharist as a class for the last time, I would imagine you are experiencing a great many emotions. You may be feeling happy, even relieved, as you come to this milestone. Many of you have been… Continue reading School Graduation: Salt and Light

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings Virtues are those habits and dispositions that lead us to what is good (CCC 1804). There are generally a couple of different kinds of virtues: human virtues (like prudence and justice) and theological virtues (like faith, hope and charity). I bring these up because I believe our readings today revolve around the theological… 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

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 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

Saint Matthias, Apostle

Today’s readings We don’t really know much about St. Matthias. We have no idea the qualifications that led to his being nominated as one of two possibilities to take Judas’s position among the Twelve Apostles. But clearly, the Apostles would have nominated a holy and faithful man, and then they left the deciding up to… Continue reading Saint Matthias, Apostle

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings Today’s brief Gospel reading begins with the wonderful line, “My sheep hear my voice.” But, I wonder: how are the sheep to hear the shepherd in this day and age? There are so many things that vie for our attention, that it would be easy to miss the call of the shepherd altogether.… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

Today’s readings I don’t believe in coincidences. 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… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

The Third Sunday of Easter: Do You Love Me More Than These?

Today’s readings What Satan wants is a community of disciples so mired in their sins, that they do nothing to foster the Kingdom of God and live the Gospel. Bookmark that thought, because I’ll come back to it in a bit. I love today’s Gospel because it features one of my favorite characters, Saint Peter.… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Easter: Do You Love Me More Than These?

Saints Philip and James, Apostles

Today’s readings Today is the feast of Saint Philip and the man we call “St. James the Lesser” because he is probably not the Saint James that we know as a relative of Jesus and the traditional author of the book of James.  Unfortunately, all that we know about this Saint James is that Jesus chose… Continue reading Saints Philip and James, Apostles