The Third Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings Most of us have probably experienced at least one time in our lives when it seemed like our whole world was turned upside-down.  If not, we certainly will.  It might be the loss of a job, or the illness or death of a loved one, or any of a host of other issues. … Continue reading The Third Sunday of Lent

The Transfiguration of the Lord

Today’s readings How do you picture Jesus? We’ve never seen him face to face, but we have definitely seen artwork depicting him. That artwork can be very inspiring. But that artwork can also give us a perhaps false, overly-familiar look at Jesus our God. I tend to think Peter, James and John also had a… Continue reading The Transfiguration of the Lord

Tuesday of Holy Week

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reading contains four of the most chilling words in all of holy Scripture: “And it was night.”  Those narrative words come just after Judas takes the morsel and leaves the gathering.  But the Beloved Disciple didn’t include those words to tell us the time of day.  In John’s Gospel, there is… Continue reading Tuesday of Holy Week

The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Suffering, Redemption and Glory

Today’s readings The talk of mourning and death in today’s Liturgy of the Word reminds us of a couple of really important life principles. The first is that we will have to suffer and mourn in this life, because this life is riddled with sorrows. We saw that clearly in Orlando this past week, and… Continue reading The Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Suffering, Redemption and Glory

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

Today’s readings One of the amazing truths to ponder in this season of Advent is the nature of and reason for the Incarnation. Why did God choose to save the world by entering into it as a creature? Why did he assume our fickle, broken flesh in the lowliest form: an infant born to a… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

Good Friday: Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

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. Last night, I talked about the cross, and how, while brutal and inconvenient and ugly, it is the way to salvation for all of us. We see… Continue reading Good Friday: Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny II)

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy calls us to clear up our clouded vision and become people of light.  The gospel gets at that pretty quickly, healing the man born blind in the first couple of minutes of what is admittedly a pretty long reading.  And that’s a good thing because, honestly, who cares about the man… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny II)

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Today’s readings Today’s celebration reminds us that Lent has been taking us somewhere, and now we see where that somewhere is: Calvary. These days have led us to the cross, which is a place to which, quite frankly, few of us ever want to go. The Psalmist today captures the feeling of our hearts as… Continue reading Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings You know, that last line of today’s Gospel reading always gets me thinking “well what did they think ‘rising from the dead’ meant?” Of course that’s easy for us to say, with the eyes of people who know how the story ends, but Peter, James and John didn’t have that vision quite yet.… Continue reading Second Sunday of Lent