The Triumph of the Holy Cross

Today’s readings Bishop Robert Barron tells about an interreligious dialogue between Catholics and Buddhists. At one point, one of the Buddhists said to him, “Why is that obscene image on every wall in your buildings?” He was, of course, referring to the Crucifix. The Buddhist explained that it would be considered a mockery in his… Continue reading The Triumph of the Holy Cross

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

Today’s readings Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia! We English-speakers have just one word for time, but other languages have more; those languages recognize the different kinds of time.  Most notably for us, because it is reflected in the New Testament, the Greek language has two kinds of time: chronos and kairos.  Chronos is the kind of… Continue reading The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM…” Just as the saraph serpent was lifted up on a pole in the desert for the people to see, and thus live, so the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, was lifted up on the cross for the salvation… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night: The Triumph of the Cross

Tonight’s readings “You shall be my people, and I will be your God” (Ezekiel 36:28). I love that last line from the last of the Old Testament readings we heard tonight. There is a covenant, there has always been a covenant, there always will be a covenant. God created us in love, and he loves… Continue reading The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night: The Triumph of the Cross

Holy Thursday: The Scandal of the Cross

Today’s readings I love what Jesus says to Peter after Peter initially refuses to have his feet washed. “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will understand later.” I kind of feel like that’s what could be said about the entirety of our faith. What we are taught very rarely makes… Continue reading Holy Thursday: The Scandal of the Cross

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Today’s readings In a lot of ways, this is a strange feast we are celebrating today. Think about it. This is the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which in Jesus’ day would have been as big an oxymoron as one could possibly imagine. It’s like us saying that we are going to celebrate the exaltation… Continue reading The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Today’s readings We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered. During this Triduum journey, I have been reflecting in my homilies on the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. I’ve talked about the fact that this is… Continue reading The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Just as the saraph serpent was lifted up on a pole in the desert for the people to see, and thus live, so the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, was lifted up on the cross for the salvation of the world.  In these late Lenten days, as we look upon the cross, either… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Today’s readings I’ve always felt that the celebration of Palm Sunday was a little strange.  We start out on a seemingly triumphant note.  Jesus enters Jerusalem, the city of 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 throngs. … Continue reading Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Today’s readings We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered. That is the proper entrance antiphon, also known as the introit, for this Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  It is taken from Paul’s letter to the… Continue reading Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper