The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary / Memorial Day

Today’s readings Today we have the great honor of celebrating two very important things that happen on this day.  We all know it is Memorial Day, the day of honoring and remembering the sacrifice that many men and women made in order to safeguard our freedom.  We particularly remember those of them who paid the… Continue reading The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary / Memorial Day

The Most Holy Trinity

Today’s readings If today’s feast of the Most Holy Trinity teaches us anything about the nature of God, it might be that we know next to nothing about the nature of God!  To be clear, I don’t mean that as a negative thing.  God is so close to us and so far beyond us, that… Continue reading The Most Holy Trinity

Friday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readingsToday is the Mass for the last day of our school year, before the children (and the staff) head out to summer break. Jesus is always seeking to make things new.  When he came into the world, he didn’t come into the world to keep things the way they were.  He intended to cast… Continue reading Friday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

The Solemnity of Pentecost

Todays’ readings Words contain a lot of power.  We know that well, because sometimes we say the wrong things, or these days, text the wrong things, and we see how it upsets people we love.  And equally we experience the power of someone saying just the right thing at the right time and we see… Continue reading The Solemnity of Pentecost

Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Today’s readings “Do you love me more than these?” It’s a question that cuts to the heart.  Peter had just betrayed his friendship with Jesus and his commitment to the Gospel by denying his Lord not once, but three times: “I tell you, I do not know the man you are talking about.”  This is… Continue reading Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Today’s first reading always fascinates me.  Paul and Silas are in a terrible situation, not for the first or last time, I might add.  But just look at how their vibrant faith allows God to do things in and through them that are nothing short of miraculous.  First, there’s the earthquake that brings… Continue reading Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings It’s interesting to me that some of the first things we ever learn about God are also some of the most foundational, most important things we learn about God.  One such notion is that God is love.  We’ve learned that, probably, when we were small children.  But theologically, it bears out and serves… Continue reading The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter (Religious Education and Confirmation Program Closing Mass)

Today’s readings In our first reading this evening, 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 all the… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter (Religious Education and Confirmation Program Closing Mass)

May Crowning

Today’s reading: Luke 1:42-50This was used at a May Crowning prayer service for the school children. I remember a time when I was in seminary, and I was on my pastoral internship, much like seminarian Frank is today.  I visited with a nice lady that I had visited often in the nursing home.  This time… Continue reading May Crowning

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings When I was growing up, I often helped my parents trim the shrubs around the house.  We did it so that we could trim off the over-growth and make the shrubs look neater, but also to keep the shrubs healthy and growing. But when I did it, I often thought about the fact that… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Easter