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…

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…