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…

Easter

Acts 10:34A, 37-43Colossians 3:1-4 Or 1 Corinthians 5:6B-8John 20:1-9 God has made the most tremendous promise imaginable. God has promised to raise us from the dead, give us new, heavenly bodies, and then give us eternal life. Easter is our proof that God desires to keep that promise!

Palm Sunday

Is 50:4-7Lk 22:14—23:56Phil 2:6-11 Sunday is called Palm or Passion Sunday and is the beginning of Holy Week that culminates with Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday.  These three days are the highlight of the Church year. There are two gospels for Palm Sunday. The first tells us of Jesus’ triumphant…

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Is 43:16-21Phil 3:8-14Jn 8:1-11 Judgmentalism In Sunday’s gospel we once again see Jesus being tested by the scribes and Pharisees. This time they bring a woman to him who has been caught in the act of adultery. The Mosaic law prescribes stoning as the punishment. If Jesus says she should be stoned, he will go…

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Jos 5:9a, 10-122 Cor 5:17-21Lk 15:1-3, 11-32 Reconciliation The theme for the readings this Sunday is reconciliation. In the first reading the Israelites have reconciled with God and are now ready to enter the Promised Land. In the second reading Paul clearly calls us to reconciliation when he states, ”Brothers and sisters: whoever is in…

Third Sunday of Lent

Ex 3:1-8a1 Cor 10:1-6Lk 13:1-9 Good Fruit The gospel begins with some people talking about tragedies that occurred. A common belief at that time was that people suffered because of sins committed. Jesus responds to their comments with, “By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as…

Second Sunday of Lent

Gn 15:5-12, 17-18Phil 3:17—4:1Lk 9:28b-36 Open Our Hearts Think about your closest friend. That relationship did not happen overnight. There may have been instant attraction but it takes a long time to really know another person. The same is true of the apostles who were called to follow Jesus. Gradually they came to know more…