Seventh Sunday of Easter or the feast of the Ascension of the Lord

Acts 1:1-11 Ephesians 1:17-23 Mark 16:15-20 Seeing with the Eyes of Our Hearts This is the Seventh Sunday after Easter but most parishes are celebrating the Ascension of the Lord. The readings listed above are for the feast. The word “looking” is mentioned two times in the reading from Ephesians. We’re told there, “… the…

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-481 John 4:7-10John 15:9-17 To be Chosen Most of us have experienced deep and abiding love from our parents, wives or husbands, children or from close friends. This is pure gift because we can’t force a person to love us. Love is freely given. In a sense we “choose” our loved ones…

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 9:26-31 1 Jn 3:18-24 Jn 15:1-8 Pruning For many years vine growers in Northeast Ohio have produced award winning wines. The soil and climate are ideal for the type of wine produced here, but that would not make a difference if the growers did not care for the vines. No good grapes would grow…

Fourth Sunday of Easter

1 Jn 3:12 Jn 10:11-18 The Good Shepherd In the first reading from the Book of Acts we are told how Peter and John, who had been filled with fear just a few days ago, locked in a room in fear of the people, now stood before the same people unafraid. They were able to…

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…