Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord

Today’s readings I think if we had to sum up the Liturgy today with a contemporary quip, it might be, “Well, that escalated quickly!”  In the first Gospel we heard, during the blessing of the palms, Jesus triumphantly enters into Jerusalem for the festival.  He enters in humility, on a colt, not a horse signifying a warrior… Continue reading Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readingsMass for the school children. Sometimes it seems like everyone is against us.  Maybe you’ve felt that way sometimes.  Maybe someone was telling lies about you and trying to get others to work against you, or maybe they were looking for any time you did the slightest thing wrong, or messed up in any… Continue reading Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings “When you lift up the Son of Man,then you will realize that I AM…” Today’s Liturgy of the Word is an exposition of being lifted up.  In the first reading, Moses lifted up an image of a saraph serpent so that people could look to it and be healed.  In the Gospel, Jesus… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

The Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings I am so glad that Pope Francis declared this the year of Saint Joseph, because I think we, as a Church, as the people of God, have been needing to be stronger in our devotion to Saint Joseph for a long time now.  Saint Joseph is the intercessor and the model for all of… Continue reading The Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)

Today’s readings Traditionally, today is Laetare Sunday – laetare being the Latin word for “rejoice.” On this Sunday, we wear 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 lens of rejoicing… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)

The Third Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings Most of us have probably experienced at least one time in our lives when it seemed like our whole world was turned upside-down.  If not, we certainly will.  It might be the loss of a job, or the illness or death of a loved one, or any of a host of other issues. … Continue reading The Third Sunday of Lent

The Third Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny I)

Today’s readingsNote: At this Mass, we were celebrating the First Scrutiny with the Elect preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil, so readings from Cycle A were used, as per the Rite. We have with us today, three young people who are seeking to receive the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist, at… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny I)

Friday of the Second Week of Lent (School Mass)

Today’s readings Today’s two readings remind us of what Lent is all about.  During Lent, we remember that our Lord, who came down from heaven to earth to save us from our sins and re-connect us with the love of God, our Lord paid the price for our many sins by laying down his own… Continue reading Friday of the Second Week of Lent (School Mass)

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

Today’s readings I’m going to say something that is probably going to make you think I’ve lost my mind. And that is that the great sin of the rich man was not the sin of neglecting poor Lazarus. Sure, that was certainly bad, but his greatest sin, I think, was that he trusted in himself… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Lent