Friday of the Second Week of Easter

Today’s readings Our first reading today is filled with kind of intense drama.  The disciples, ever since Jesus rose from the dead and sent them the gift of the Holy Spirit, have been going around and preaching in the name of Jesus.  This is obviously attracting the attention of the religious leaders, and they’re not… Continue reading Friday of the Second Week of Easter

Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Sometimes God’s blessings can be challenging.  For example, we might not think that those who are meek and those who mourn are blessed.  And we certainly wouldn’t celebrate the blessings of those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, would we?  It’s even more challenging when we remember that the word “blessed” in Scripture could… Continue reading Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Pentecost

Today’s readings “Each one heard them speaking in his own language.” That line of the first reading always amazed me.  As I pictured it, I could just see people standing there in Jerusalem, and all at once these men start preaching and everyone hears them in his or her own language.  It must have been an amazing… Continue reading Pentecost

The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: It’s Not About Me

Today’s readings Today I want to reflect on what I consider to be one of the most important principles of the spiritual life.  That principle is completely summed up in one short sentence: “It’s not about me.” Over the last couple of weeks, we have been able to take a look at the various people… Continue reading The Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: It’s Not About Me

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter 

Today’s readings Today’s readings are full of messengers. In the first reading, Paul is a messenger bringing news of the real meaning of the ancient Scriptures in light of the death and resurrection of Jesus. And he speaks of another messenger, John the Baptist, who paved the way for the coming of Jesus by preaching… Continue reading Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter 

The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One of the parts of the Liturgy that I love most in these summer months is the development of the theme of discipleship that unfolds in the Gospel readings.  We all know that, by our baptism, we are called to be disciples of Christ, those who follow him and live the Gospel and… Continue reading The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Easter Thursday

Today’s readings To understand how significant the Resurrection event was, I think it’s helpful to try and put together a picture of how the disciples had to be feeling at this point.  So prior to today’s Gospel selection, the women found the empty tomb, Peter has seen the Lord, and the two disciples had experienced… Continue reading Easter Thursday

The Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reading speaks of Jesus, the Good Shepherd who knows his sheep, and whose sheep know him.  However, I have two problems with that.  First, who wants to be compared to sheep?  Sheep are not the brightest of animals, and they must remain in their flock to defend themselves against even the… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Friday of the Second Week of Easter

Today’s readings Once again, the disciples are overjoyed that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the Name.  That seems rather counter-intuitive, but when you stop to think about it, given all the possible reasons to suffer dishonor and to be beaten, the best reason is “for the sake of… Continue reading Friday of the Second Week of Easter

Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings Petty jealousy is a pernicious thing. Paul experienced it, directed against him by those Jews who were jealous of Paul’s effective preaching and suspicious of the Christian Way. In their fear and jealousy, they appeal to Gallio, a Roman official, complaining that Paul stirred up the people to worship God contrary to the… Continue reading Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter