Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy)

Today’s readings I always like to say that today, this octave day of Easter Sunday, this Sunday of Divine Mercy, is the feast day for those of us who sometimes question things, and the apostle, Saint Thomas, is would then be our patron saint.  And so today we can give Thomas a hard time for… Continue reading Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy)

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Our Lord

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Today’s readings There’s certainly a flurry of activity in today’s readings, isn’t there?  Especially in the Gospel, we see Mary Magdalene run from the empty tomb to get the Apostles.  And then Peter and the “disciple whom Jesus loved” ran to the tomb.  This flurry of activity centers around a crisis in their faith, a… Continue reading Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Our Lord

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Today’s readings Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!¡Cristo ha resucitado!  ¡Él ha resucitado!  ¡Aleluya! If anyone’s counting, this has been a very long Mass so far.  And I don’t mean just the blessing of the fire and the candle, the singing of the Exsultet, and the rather extended Liturgy of the Word that… Continue reading The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

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

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)

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

Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s readings “Athirst is my soul for the Living God.” The Psalmist today sums up what is going on in the entire Liturgy of the Word.  In the book of Acts, we see that even the Gentiles seek salvation in Christ, and Peter learns that those God has called to holiness cannot be treated as… Continue reading Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter