Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Catherine of Siena, a religious, a mystic, and a Doctor of the Church. Saint Catherine was born at Siena, in the region of Tuscany in Italy. When she was six years old, Jesus appeared to Catherine and blessed her. As many parents do for their children, her mother… Continue reading Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

Today’s readings In these Easter days, the Scriptures begin to speak to us about the gift of the Holy Spirit. This gift is not rationed, as Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel reading. This gift is empowering and renewing and, according to the Psalmist, de-marginalizing. We all know the kind of men the Apostles were.… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

Saturday in the Octave of Easter

Today’s readings We are confronted in today’s Gospel with something we all have to struggle with, and that is a reluctance to believe. In the disciples’ case, it was a slowness to believe based on the fact that they didn’t really have the resources that we do – like the Gospels and two millennia of… Continue reading Saturday in the Octave of Easter

Thursday in the Octave of Easter

Today’s readings There are a couple of kinds of witnesses in today’s Liturgy of the Word.  The first, in the reading from the Acts of the Apostles, are the Jewish witnesses who were swayed by the religious establishment to demand the crucifixion of Jesus and the release of Barabbas, an insurrectionist and a murderer.  Peter… Continue reading Thursday in the Octave of Easter

Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

Today’s readings Letting go of things is harder than we can sometimes even admit.  I think that’s what was going on with Mary Magdalene.  And we are just like her: we want to hold on to things and people as they are, because what is familiar is so very comfortable to us.  I think sometimes… Continue reading Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Our Lord

Today’s readings I often tell the children in our school that if there’s just one thing they ought to know about God, one thing they ever learn about God, and that is that God loves them more than anything, that would be enough.  It’s the thing that I hope they remember me saying, because that’s the… Continue reading Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Our Lord

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Today’s readings The Paschal Triduum, as you may know, is a long, three-day liturgy that begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, continues with the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday, and concludes tonight, here, as we celebrate the Great Easter Vigil in the Holy Night.  So right now,… Continue reading The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Tuesday of Holy Week

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reading always leaves me with a chill running down my spine.  Those four words: “And it was night” grab me every time.  These are the words that come just after Judas takes the morsel and leaves the gathering.  But let’s be clear: the evangelist didn’t include those words to tell us… Continue reading Tuesday of Holy Week

Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord

Today’s readings Palm Sunday is, quite honestly, a feast with a bit of a split personality. We start out on a seemingly triumphant note.  Jesus enters Jerusalem, the Holy City, and the center of the Jewish religion; the city he has been journeying toward throughout the gospel narrative, and he enters it to the adulation of… Continue reading Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord

The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny III/Cycle A Readings)

Today’s readings “Lord, by now there will be a stench.” That’s one of my favorite lines in scripture.  It begs the question I want you to pray about this week, which is this: “What in your life really stinks?”  Because we have to have that stench washed away in order to really live. If you… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny III/Cycle A Readings)

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