Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 1 Jn 2:1-5a Lk 24:35-48 Witnessing At the end of the gospel for this Sunday Jesus summarizes for his disciples what the purpose of his death and resurrection should lead to on earth and what will now be the disciples’ responsibility: Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise…

Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:32-35 1 Jn 5:1-6 Jn 20:19-31 “Seeing” the Risen Christ Two weeks ago we read the gospel story of Jesus entering Jerusalem amidst palms being waved as he was greeted with loud acclamations of “Hosanna.” During that week he was arrested, crucified and put to death. Last Sunday we heard the glorious news that…

Palm Sunday

Isaiah 50:4-7Philippians 2:5-11Mark 14-15 Suffering Today we begin the celebration of Holy Week. For many of us, this is known as Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday. The reading from the Gospel of Mark is about the suffering and death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is a very long reading because it is…

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Jeremiah 31:31-34Hebrews 5:7-9John 12:20-33 Obedience The first reading for this Sunday is a touching one because God is forming a new covenant with the Israelites. God says, “I will place my law within them, and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Many centuries later Jesus…

Fourth Sunday in Lent

2 Chronicles 36:14-17, 19-23Ephesians 2:4-10John 3:14-21 Love Have you ever been at or watched an event on TV when someone held up a sign with 3:16 on it? This refers to a famous verse from the Gospel of John that we hear proclaimed at our Sunday liturgy. “For God so loved the world that he…

Third Sunday in Lent

Third Sunday in LentEx 20:1-171 Cor 1:22-25John 2:13-25 Bargaining The gospel for this third Sunday of Lent shows a side of Jesus we don’t see in any other reading. He is upset. He is angry. Jesus arrives at the temple in Jerusalem and sees a marketplace instead of a sacred place. Jesus takes a whip…

Second Sunday in Lent

Second Sunday in LentGen 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18Rom 8:31-34Mk 9:2-10 Choices The first reading from Genesis is a difficult one because we find Abraham believing that God wants him to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac. Child sacrifice was a reality at the time of Abraham and one practiced by his neighbors the Canaanites. Abraham is a…

First Sunday in Lent

First Sunday in Lent First Reading: Genesis 9:8-15 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 Second Reading: First Peter 3:18-22 Gospel: Mark 1:12-15 Lent Ash Wednesday was the beginning of Lent. Every liturgical year the Church sets aside forty days of preparation for the most important feast of the year – Easter. Reading the Scripture, the…

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Compassion Lev 13:1-2, 45-461Cor 10:31-11:1Mark 1:40-451 Of all the readings from Scripture, the three from this coming Sunday most relate to the situation we have been and still are facing, Covid-19. How often are we warned about the importance of social distancing, not touching others, washing hands often, wearing a mask? This is similar to…