Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Caiaphas had no idea how prophetic his words were. Actually, as far as the intent of his words went, they were nothing but selfish. The Jews didn’t want to lose their standing with the Romans. As it was, they had an uneasy peace. The Romans pretty much let them practice their religion as… Continue reading Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Today’s readings This is it.  Today’s liturgy brings us to the place we’ve been journeying toward all during Lent.  These past forty days have seen Jesus tangle with the established religion, all the while healing the sick and preaching repentance.  We have participated in that by receiving absolution in Confession, participating in our parish mission,… Continue reading Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Today’s readings And so it begins.  We who have been keeping Lent these forty days are coming to Lent’s fulfillment.  Over the course of this week, we will gather several times to mark the events that have won our salvation.  On Thursday, we will gather at 7pm to celebrate the Lord’s Supper: that night when… Continue reading Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Caiaphas had no idea how prophetic his words were.  Actually, as far as the intent of his words went, they were nothing but selfish.  The Jews didn’t want to lose their standing with the Romans.  As it was, they had an uneasy peace.  The Romans pretty much let them practice their religion as… Continue reading Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings The story is quickly coming to its climax. Jesus’ claims of divinity are really starting to rile the Jews. They have placed their hope in Abraham and the prophets – great men to be sure – but seem to have forgotten about the promise of a Messiah, and so they totally miss the… Continue reading Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

Today’s readings How quickly things have changed among Jesus’ followers.  His disciples – even the chosen Twelve – have pretty much deserted him.  They’ve either fled in fear, or else they have betrayed him, or denied that they knew him.  But some women who were among his devoted followers have braved the implications for them… Continue reading Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s readings Caiaphas had no idea how prophetic his words were.  Actually, as far as the intent of his words went, they were nothing but selfish.  The Jews didn’t want to lose their standing with the Romans.  As it was, they had an uneasy peace.  The Romans pretty much let them practice their religion as… Continue reading Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Today’s readings This is it.  Today’s liturgy brings us to the place we’ve been journeying toward all during Lent.  These past forty days have seen Jesus tangle with the established religion, all the while healing the sick and preaching repentance.  We have participated in that by participating in the Anointing of the Sick Mass, in… Continue reading Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Today’s readings This is it.  With today’s Liturgy, we enter solemnly into Holy Week, in which unfold the great mysteries of our faith.  Right up front, we see two very dramatic moments in the life of Christ, moments that, quite honestly, seem so very opposed to one another.  As we begin, we travel with Jesus… Continue reading Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Today’s readings Today, and throughout this Holy Week, we have in our Liturgy a stark reminder that the hope that we have in the Resurrection was purchased at a great price. Our world today would prefer to ignore the cross. And with good reason. Because the cross is embarrassing. Until Christianity, no religion worth its… Continue reading Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion