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)

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

Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings “You will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.” Jesus continues to prepare his disciples for his not being among them in the flesh. He knows that his death, resurrection and Ascension were all part of the plan, and he wants the disciples to… Continue reading Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings I don’t know if you were counting or not, but between the second reading and the Gospel, the word “love” was used in one form or another eighteen times.  So it’s pretty easy to see where the Church is leading us in today’s Liturgy of the Word.  Love is a theme that runs… Continue reading The Sixth Sunday of Easter

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

The Third Sunday of Advent

Today’s readings Today is Gaudete Sunday.  Gaudete is Latin for “rejoice,” reflecting the first word of the entrance antiphon for today which says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.  Indeed, the Lord is near.”  On this Sunday, we take a break from the somber tones of purple and put on the more festive color rose… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Advent

The Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings I’ve often heard stories of those who grew up in the great depression.  Many years later, they still had deeply engrained in them the scrupulous care for everything they have that was etched into their very being during that horrible time in our history.  They spent a lifetime wasting nothing, even hoarding things. … Continue reading The Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings “You will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.”  Jesus continues to prepare his disciples for his not being among them in the flesh. He knows that his death, resurrect and Ascension were all part of the plan, and he wants the disciples to… Continue reading Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s Gospel story is a fitting one, I think, for this celebration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  The evangelist tells us that Mary’s heart was filled with wonder.  There are a few stories in the Gospels that end with that wonderful line: “and his mother kept all these things in her heart.”  I think… Continue reading The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Third Sunday of Advent

Today’s readings Today is Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is Latin for “rejoice,” reflecting the first word of the entrance antiphon for today which says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.” On this Sunday, we take a break from the somber tones of purple and put on the more… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Advent