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

Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord

Today’s readings I think if we had to sum up the Liturgy today with a contemporary quip, it might be, “Well, that escalated quickly!”  In the first Gospel we heard, during the blessing of the palms, Jesus triumphantly enters into Jerusalem for the festival.  He enters in humility, on a colt, not a horse signifying a warrior… Continue reading Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord

The Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings What would you give up for love? That’s the question I want us to focus on today because I think it is, perhaps, the question of the spiritual life.  What is it that we are willing to give up for love?  And I’ll be honest: this set of readings gets me every time,… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Lent

Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The injunction for wives to be submissive to their husbands, given in our first reading, certainly offends our modern ears.  That’s just not the kind of thing we say in this society, at least not in these days.  Yet this was the norm in the society in which Saint Paul ministered.  So that command would hardly… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Mike was one of my favorite people in the world.  He owned the service station where my family had, and still has, our cars repaired and maintained ever since we first moved out to the suburbs, almost forty years ago now.  Dad used to joke that with all the cars we brought in there over… Continue reading The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Simon the Pharisee had committed a grave error in hospitality, and a serious error in judgment. In those days, when a guest came to your home, you made sure to provide water for him or her to wash their feet, because the journey on foot was often long and hot and dirty, and… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings present us with two very interesting images.  The first is that of a potter working at the wheel.  When the object turned out badly, the potter re-created the object until it was right.  Jeremiah tells us that just so is Israel, in the hand of the Lord.  Not that God couldn’t get it right the first… Continue reading Thursday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

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)

Friday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s readings “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”  That would be, I think, the most reassuring thing we could hear from our Lord!  To know that you’re on the right track — that your thoughts and heart’s desires are in line with God’s will — that would be a wonderful thing to… Continue reading Friday of the Third Week of Lent

Thursday after Epiphany

Today’s readings Today’s Scriptures continue to reveal Christ manifested in the flesh, and the way his manifestation looks today is like love.  We have the great joy of continuing our reading from the first letter of John today, and, as I mentioned on Tuesday, John is always about love.  Today John gives us a discerning… Continue reading Thursday after Epiphany