The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings I love to tell the children in school or religious education that the most important thing they can ever know about God is also one of the first things they ever learned about God.  And that is that God is love, and that God loves them very much.  Indeed, if we always keep… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Today’s readings are full of messengers. In the first reading, Saint Paul is a messenger bringing news of the real meaning of the ancient Scriptures in light of the death and resurrection of Jesus. And he speaks of another messenger, John the Baptist, who paved the way for the coming of Jesus by… Continue reading Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s readings When people ask you where you are from, the way that you answer that question probably depends a lot on the context.  For instance, if it was a stranger who asked you that question when you were on a vacation out of the country, you might answer, “I’m from the United States.”  If… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readingsGood Shepherd Sunday / World Day of Prayer for Vocations Today’s brief Gospel reading begins with the wonderful line, “My sheep hear my voice.” Reflecting on that line caused me to wonder: how are the sheep to hear the shepherd in this day and age? There are so many things that vie for our… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Friday of the Third Week of Easter

Today’s readings Sometimes we just don’t want to do things that someone else tells us we should do.  Even if it’s God.  In our first reading, Ananias didn’t want anything to do with Saul, and for good reason: Saul had a reputation for wanting to put an end to Christians and the Christian Way.  Saul… Continue reading Friday of the Third Week 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. That is certainly 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

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

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

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