Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Our Lord

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Today’s readings There’s certainly a flurry of activity in today’s readings, isn’t there?  Especially in the Gospel, we see Mary Magdalene run from the empty tomb to get the Apostles.  And then Peter and the “disciple whom Jesus loved” ran to the tomb.  This flurry of activity centers around a crisis in their faith, a… Continue reading Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Our Lord

Tuesday of Holy Week

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reading always leaves me with a chill running down my spine.  Those four words: “And it was night” grab me every time.  These are the words that come just after Judas takes the morsel and leaves the gathering.  But let’s be clear: the evangelist didn’t include those words to tell us what time it… Continue reading Tuesday of Holy Week

The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings This illness is not to end in death,but is for the glory of God,that the Son of God may be glorified through it. As I’ve been praying during this COVID-19 crisis, I’ve been struck by two things.  First is that God, who never sets in motion the evil that happens to us (including this… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Things are starting to get real for those first followers of Jesus.  Jesus speaks to his disciples at the beginning of today’s Gospel reading about his impending demise.  He foretells that he will be handed over and killed.  And the disciples are overwhelmed with grief.  Certainly we can resonate with their grief.  They’ve… Continue reading Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Today’s readings “Do not be amazed!” – I just love that line in the Gospel.  We have to get behind the sentiment of that statement today if we are to really understand what this day is all about.  We believe in a God who is very surprising.  All through the Bible, we can read stories… Continue reading Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

Today’s readings Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia! We English-speakers have just one word for time, but other languages have more; those languages recognize the different kinds of time.  Most notably for us, because it is reflected in the New Testament, the Greek language has two kinds of time: chronos and kairos.  Chronos is the kind of… Continue reading The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

Tuesday of Holy Week

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reading contains four of the most chilling words in all of holy Scripture: “And it was night.”  Those narrative words come just after Judas takes the morsel and leaves the gathering.  But the evangelist didn’t include those words to tell us the time of day.  In John’s Gospel, there is an… Continue reading Tuesday of Holy Week

All Souls Remembrance Mass

The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. Each year, the Church gives us the grace of remembering, and praying for, all of our loved ones who have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith, and all the dead whose faith is known to… Continue reading All Souls Remembrance Mass

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

One of my most vivid childhood memories was when I was just about nine years old.  My grandfather on my mother’s side, who had retired just a few months earlier, was diagnosed with cancer.  There wasn’t so much that could be done about cancer in those days, so he wasn’t expected to live long.  And… Continue reading The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

Monday of the Second Week of Easter

Christ Instructing Nicodemus Crijn Hendricksz, 1604

Today’s readings Today, after having completed the Easter Octave yesterday, we begin the second phase of our Easter celebration.  Now we begin the preparation for the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the first Apostles, and later to each Christian believer. We have in our Gospel today the emergence of the interesting figure of Nicodemus.… Continue reading Monday of the Second Week of Easter