Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fear and Faith Job experienced many storms in his life and some were devastating. In the midst of complaining to God, God answer him with questions. The questions point out the greatness of God’s creation and how all the wonders of the world are subject to God’s command. When we hear the gospel story we…

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ez 17:22-242 Cor 5:6-10Mk 4:26-34 The Kingdom of God The Easter season has ended. The liturgy for this Sunday is a return to Ordinary Time in the Church’s calendar. In the three synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus uses parables to teach about the Kingdom of God. A parable is a short story to teach a lesson, usually about something spiritual. A…

Corpus Christi

Ex 24:3-7Heb 9:11-15Mk 14:12-16, 22-26 Eucharist This feast day is formally known as The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. In the first reading Moses received the commandments and comes to the people to ratify the covenant between God and them. “Taking the book of the covenant, he read it aloud to the people,…

The Most Holy Trinity

The Most Holy Trinity Dt 4:32-34, 39-40Rom 8:14-17Mt 28:16-20 Mystery Each year we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity, June 7th this year. When we read the gospels, we find Jesus calling God his Father. Jesus often spoke about the Father who promised to send us the Holy Spirit. Here we find three persons,…

Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21 or Ezekiel 37:1-14Romans 8:22-27 or Acts 2:1-21John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Were Not Our Hearts Burning within Us? There are several choices for readings for the feast of Pentecost. You may find it helpful to reflect on all of them. During the month of May we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, the end of the…

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…