Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Today’s scriptures speak to us about the essence of what it means to live a Christian life.  First, as we can see in the reading from the Acts of the Apostles, it means making a clean break with the ways that we have been tethered to the world.  For the newest members of… Continue reading Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Christ the Living Vine by Father Lawrence Lew, OP

Today’s readings I love this Gospel reading because of the way it talks about love.  It would be easy enough to say that if we just love each other a little more, everything will be fine.  And there is some truth to that.  If we loved each other a bit more, things would certainly be… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings I love to tell the children in school or religious education that the most important thing they can ever know about God is also one of the first things they ever learned about God.  And that is that God is love, and that God loves them very much.  Indeed, if we always keep… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Easter

The Third Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings What Satan wants is a community of disciples so mired in their sins, that they do nothing to foster the Kingdom of God and live the Gospel. Bookmark that thought, because I’ll come back to it in a bit. I love today’s Gospel because it features one of my favorite characters, Saint Peter.… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Easter

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Our Lord

Today’s readings I often tell the children in our school that if there’s just one thing they ought to know about God, one thing they ever learn about God, and that is that God loves them more than anything, that would be enough.  It’s the thing that I hope they remember me saying, because that’s the… Continue reading Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Our Lord

The Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings When I was in seminary, I had a Scripture professor who, when someone would make an insightful comment or answer a question correctly, would exclaim, quoting Jesus in today’s Gospel reading, “You are not far from the kingdom of God!”  That comment, made to the scribe at the end of the reading, is… Continue reading The Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It could have been jealousy.  Or maybe they just felt threatened.  Either way, the Pharisees had lost sight of the mission. You could see how they would have been jealous: here they are working long and hard to take care of the many prescripts of their religion, attending with exacting detail to the… Continue reading Friday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings If you’ve been to any number of Church weddings, you have probably heard today’s first reading, and part of the Gospel proclaimed.  Obviously we usually leave out the part about divorce, but these readings are quite popular for weddings.  The reason, of course, is that the story is about how man and woman… Continue reading The Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Friday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time [Mass of the Holy Spirit]

Today’s readings (Mass for the school children.) I can’t think of any better way to celebrate the beginning of the school year than by giving a teacher a pop quiz!  You can all relax: I’m not really going to do that.  But that’s what is going on in the Gospel reading today.  The Pharisees are a group of… Continue reading Friday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time [Mass of the Holy Spirit]

Thursday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s readings reveal the power of God’s love in the world.  Joseph’s brothers didn’t realize they were, in fact, in the presence of the “dreamer” they had sold into slavery.  But his forgiveness of them shows that God’s love and providence overcome even the most grievous of sins.  Jesus sends his apostles out… Continue reading Thursday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

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