Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Kgs 19:16b, 19-21. The LORD Gal 5:1, 13-18. Lk 9:51-62. One of the themes in Sundays readings is that of call. In the first reading from the Book of Kings Elisha is called to be Elijah’s attendant. Later in the same book, following Elijah’s death, Elisha takes his place as a prophet. His call is difficult but…

Corpus Christi

Genesis 14:18-201 Corinthians 11:23-26Luke 9:11b-17 Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured. As the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve approached him and said, “Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging…

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Prv 8:22-31Rom 5:1-5Jn 16:12-15 Are you conscious of the fact that every time you make the sign of the cross you are invoking the Holy Trinity? Every time you pray the Glory Be you expand the original sign of the cross. The common invocation is “In the name of the Father, and of the Son,…

Pentecost

Acts 2:1-111 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13Jn 20:19-23 Today we celebrate the birthday of the church. The formal beginning of the church has long been recognized as the time when the bestowal of the Holy Spirit was given by the Risen Christ to the disciples. In our liturgical year we have prayed through forty days of Lent…

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-261 Jn 4:11-16Jn 17:11b-19 Unity This is the last Sunday of the Easter season. The opening words of the gospel set the theme for the liturgy for today –  ”Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: ‘Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that…

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 15:1-2, 22-29Rev 21:10-14, 22-23Jn 14:23-29 Christ’s Presence and Peace Next Sunday our celebration of the Easter season will come to an end. Today’s liturgy teaches us that Jesus will remain with us through the Holy Spirit who will continue to teach us everything we need to know to be disciples of the Risen Christ….

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 14:21-27Rev 21:1-5aJn 13:31-33a, 34-35 Love in Action The gospel for this Sunday follows the reading from last week where Jesus is still at the last supper before his death and he is still teaching his disciples. Judas left to meet with those who want to kill Jesus. Jesus then takes the opportunity to give…

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 13:14, 43-52Rev 7:9, 14b-17Jn 10:27-30 The Good Shepherd The fourth Sunday of Easter is also called Good Shepherd Sunday. The reason is very obvious from the short gospel for this Sunday. Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish….

Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41Rev 5:11-14Jn 21:1-19 LOVE The second half of the gospel for Sunday tells of Jesus asking Peter three times if he loved him. Commentators have written volumes on why Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved him.  Was it because he denied Jesus three times?  Was it because Peter has been consistently slow to…

Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:32-351 Jn 5:1-6 Jn 20:19-31 Our gospel begins today on what is called the first day of the week. It is a fitting statement because it is the day of Jesus’ resurrection and a time of new beginnings. The apostles are together in a locked room, minus Thomas and the betrayer Judas. Suddenly Jesus is…