Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

Today’s readings In these Easter days, the Scriptures begin to speak to us about the gift of the Holy Spirit. This gift is not rationed, as Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel reading. This gift is empowering and renewing and, according to the Psalmist, de-marginalizing. We all know the kind of men the Apostles were.… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week 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 Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Today’s readings The Paschal Triduum, as you may know, is a long, three-day liturgy that begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, continues with the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday, and concludes tonight, here, as we celebrate the Great Easter Vigil in the Holy Night.  So right now,… Continue reading The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny III/Cycle A Readings)

Today’s readings “Lord, by now there will be a stench.” That’s one of my favorite lines in scripture.  It begs the question I want you to pray about this week, which is this: “What in your life really stinks?”  Because we have to have that stench washed away in order to really live. If you… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Scrutiny III/Cycle A Readings)

Remembrance Mass for All the Faithful Departed

One of my early childhood memories, and my first memory, really, of grief, was the death of my grandfather, my mother’s father.  He had recently retired when he became ill, and it was found that he had cancer.  Back in the late 70s, cancer was even more of a death sentence than it is today, and he… Continue reading Remembrance Mass for All the Faithful Departed

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

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