Saint Agnes, Virgin Martyr

Today’s readings There are a lot of saints in today’s Mass, but then, honestly, there always are.  Father John and I have an ongoing joke, that when one of us has the early 6:30 Mass, we say to the other, “I woke up the angels and saints for you.”  Now, obviously the angels and saints… Continue reading Saint Agnes, Virgin Martyr

Saint Andrew, Apostle

Today’s readings As is the case for most of the apostles, we don’t know a whole lot about Saint Andrew.  And I think that’s appropriate, because what we need to know about the apostles is that they were followers of Jesus, and were devoted to him.  We too are called to that same great devotion.… Continue reading Saint Andrew, Apostle

Friday of the Second Week of Easter

Today’s readings Our first reading today is filled with kind of intense drama.  The disciples, ever since Jesus rose from the dead and sent them the gift of the Holy Spirit, have been going around and preaching in the name of Jesus.  This is obviously attracting the attention of the religious leaders, and they’re not… Continue reading Friday of the Second Week of Easter

Saint Matthias, Apostle

Today’s readings We don’t really know much about St. Matthias. We have no idea the qualifications that led to his being nominated as one of two possibilities to take Judas’s position among the Twelve Apostles. But clearly, they would have nominated a holy and faithful man, and then they left the deciding up to the… Continue reading Saint Matthias, Apostle

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Today’s readings In today’s Gospel, Peter and the others are asked, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  We heard this Gospel story just last weekend.  Now, both Peter and Paul were committed to the truth about who Christ was.  They had too much at stake.  Having both messed up their estimation… Continue reading Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Saints Philip and James, Apostles

Today’s readings Today is the feast of St. Philip and the man we call “St. James the Lesser” because he is probably not the St. James that we know as a relative of Jesus and the traditional author of the book of James.  Unfortunately, all that we know about this St. James is that Jesus… Continue reading Saints Philip and James, Apostles

The Ascension of the Lord

Today’s readings For the early Apostles and disciples, today’s feast had to be a kind of “now what?” experience for them.  Think about what they’ve been through.  Their Lord had been betrayed by one of their friends, he had been through a farce of a trial and put to death in a horrible, ignoble way,… Continue reading The Ascension of the Lord

Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Today we’re gathered on what is, for us, the eve of the Ascension.  While the reading that we have in today’s Gospel is from John’s account of the eve of the Passion, the words could well have been spoken to the Apostles on the eve of the Ascension too.  Jesus speaks of leaving… Continue reading Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Ss. Philip and James, apostles

Today’s readings Today is the feast of St. Philip and the man we call “St. James the Lesser” because he is not the St. James that we know as a relative of Jesus and the traditional author of the book of James. Unfortunately, all that we know about this St. James is that Jesus chose… Continue reading Ss. Philip and James, apostles

Ss. Simon & Jude, apostles

Today’s readings Today, we celebrate two apostles who, as often is the case, are relatively unknown except that they were followers of Jesus.  Jude is called Judas in Luke and in the Acts of the Apostles.  Matthew and Mark call him Thaddeus.  We have in the New Testament the letter of Jude, which scholars say… Continue reading Ss. Simon & Jude, apostles

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