Pentecost

Today’s readings “Each one heard them speaking in his own language.” That line of the first reading always amazed me.  As I pictured it, I could just see people standing there in Jerusalem, and all at once these men start preaching and everyone hears them in his or her own language.  It must have been an amazing… Continue reading Pentecost

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings A lack of unity will kill us all. Jesus knew this, and so did St. Paul. In fact, St. Paul used a lack of unity among the Jews to save his own life. He knew that the Pharisees, of which he was one, believed in the resurrection of the dead, and angels and… Continue reading Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Memorial Day

Readings: Isaiah 32:15-18 | Psalm 72 | Matthew 5:1-12a Today is a day to reflect on our heroes. Who are the ones we hold up as role models and honor for their contribution to our world? Would we think of political leaders, or sports heroes, or entertainers? Certainly their accomplishments inspire us, and perhaps even… Continue reading Memorial Day

Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter (School/RE Mass)

Today’s readings Jesus tells us today that sadness is always going to be a part of life.  That’s not the good news, that’s just the way things are.  I think we can all think about things that have made us sad, maybe even more so in these days when we’ve all been sheltered in place, away from… Continue reading Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter (School/RE Mass)

Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings There are a lot of miracles going on in today’s first reading.  First, there’s the earthquake that brings down the prison walls, although Paul and Silas did not take advantage of the situation.  Then there’s the conversion of the jailer, who was an employee of the Romans, and so would have had to… Continue reading Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter (School/RE Mass)

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel gives us some of the best news I think we can possibly get.  Jesus says he no longer calls us slaves, but instead he calls us his friends.  That’s important for us to know because I think most people believe that God doesn’t really have to care about us, his creatures, that much.  He… Continue reading Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter (School/RE Mass)

Blue Mass for First Responders

Today’s readings: Daniel 3:25, Daniel 3:34-43 | Romans 8:31-39 | Mark 4:35-41 “Why are you terrified?  Do you not yet have faith?” I can remember during my seminary formation, one of the most terrifying days of my life was during my third year of Theology formation.  That year, I had agreed to serve as a fire chaplain… Continue reading Blue Mass for First Responders

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s readings So pretend you are Paul or Barnabas or one of the other apostles.  Think about all the things they went through in that first reading. Paul hasn’t even been a Christian for very long, and already he is being hounded and persecuted.  Maybe that makes sense because some people probably viewed his conversion… Continue reading Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Faith Formation Closing Mass

Today’s readings Can you remember the first time you were called a Christian? It was at Antioch that the disciples of Jesus were first called Christians.  This, of course, is after the death and resurrection of Jesus, after the disciples, including Barnabas, and apparently Paul (known to them as Saul, the name he had before his… Continue reading Faith Formation Closing Mass