Article for Easter

Pentecost Sunday

May 28, 2023

  Today we celebrate the Church’s birthday and the mission that the Holy Spirit gave to Our Lady and those gathered in the upper room—to go out and spread the gospel. As our responsorial psalm says today, “Lord send out your spirit and renew the face of the earth.” We are called to do the…

Continue Reading

Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

May 27, 2023

  “Master, who is the one who will betray you?” This is asked of Jesus in today’s gospel. The sad truth is that it wasn’t just one person who would betray Jesus, it would be the whole world. Mankind—all of us are responsible for Christ’s death. We betrayed Jesus by our sins. Tomorrow, we close…

Continue Reading

Memorial of St. Philip Neri, priest

May 26, 2023

  Today’s gospel is the famous story of Jesus asking Simon Peter, “Do you love me.” Not just once, but three times! You can look up in theology books to see what the scholars say about this. Me, I have my own idea of why Jesus did this. A reminder that right before this Jesus…

Continue Reading

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

May 25, 2023

  A couple of weeks ago, England crowned a new King. It was an event covered by lots and lots of media. Most of the media said that this ceremony was rich in history and tradition. The English are quite proud of their traditions, like this coronation event. The King’s coronation ceremony has many traditions…

Continue Reading

Wednesday of the Seventh week of Easter

May 24, 2023

  We are in graduation season. Lots of parishes are having special Masses for graduates and giving them special blessings. The parish I was assigned to in Oklahoma City did this. We had a special graduation Mass for our eighth graders heading on to high school. I thought it was important to not just bless…

Continue Reading

Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

May 23, 2023

  In our first reading, Paul is addressing the presbyters of Ephesus; it’s basically a farewell address. Paul says something striking that we need to note. He tells all he has done for the community, and then says, “Compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem.” Compelled, for me, is a strong word—sounds more…

Continue Reading

Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

May 22, 2023

  Jesus tells the disciples that the hour is coming when they will all be scattered to their own homes. The team is breaking up, and all will be on their own. Are the disciples ready for this? Are they worried that they won’t have the support of each other when they are on their…

Continue Reading

The Ascension of the Lord

May 21, 2023

  Last month my family remembered the anniversary of my mother’s passing. I can still remember that day, saying goodbye to Mom. My Dad and all my siblings were with her as she took her final breath. Mom was the boss that all of us kids took direction from. And after her death, we felt…

Continue Reading

Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

May 20, 2023

  We conclude the Victory tour this week with Paul’s journey. He goes from place to place and gives strength to the Disciples. This is a far cry from when he persecuted Christians just a short time before. He has been given a new beginning, a new lease on life, and now he goes around…

Continue Reading

Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter

May 19, 2023

  When we suffer, it brings us to our own depths. When we endure certain pains, we feel them deeply. We cannot put up a front. Jesus tells His Disciples that they will suffer. He points to the example of a woman in labor who bears much pain so that her child will live. He…

Continue Reading

Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

May 18, 2023

  If you are in a Diocese that celebrates Ascension today or in a local Church where it will be celebrated next Sunday, you will hear the theme of separation in the Gospel. Jesus is preparing to make His exit. He will leave His Disciples. The Holy Spirit will come. Separation is a trial. Parents…

Continue Reading

Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

May 17, 2023

  There was an old anime cartoon show I watched as a kid—or it is old to me. Two rivals were competing in a tournament and the winner would go on to be the greatest in the game. They bantered back and forth, and the first one said to the second that he couldn’t wait…

Continue Reading

Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

May 16, 2023

  Jesus speaks in today’s Gospel about the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, again. We have been hearing much about this Divine Friend as we march on toward Ascension and Pentecost in the Liturgy. The Advocate will come to “convict the World.” The Advocate will speak for righteousness. Paul and Silas faced abhorrent treatment for their…

Continue Reading

Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter

May 15, 2023

  Easter celebrates Christ’s victory over death and our calling to receive His gift of Eternal Life. The whole Easter season is like a “victory tour.” We know that Christ has risen and that we carry that message forward. Yet this victory comes with the Cross. We are never without the weight of the Cross…

Continue Reading

Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 14, 2023

  Theatre is one of the best performing arts. So much work goes into preparing a play and performing it that it is something that builds good character and creativity. It is so great to get a show “on the road” and ready to perform. In theatre, every role is vital to the performance. The…

Continue Reading

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter

May 13, 2023

  In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us a very important truth: that in every age, the Gospel encounters opposition. We see this in Jesus’ own life, since the opposition to him and his ministry conspires to have him crucified. They actually succeed in this, but as we have seen with Easter, their triumph over Jesus…

Continue Reading

Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

May 12, 2023

In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus gives us his own commandment for how we are to live: “love one another as I have loved you.” So Christ’s command to us is to love the way that he loves. In order to fully grasp this, we must understand that love is the very heart of God’s commandments…

Continue Reading

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

May 11, 2023

  In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus says to us “if you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love.” When I read that sentence, I find it a little off-putting, and I suspect most everyone else does also. I think this is because we tend to feel that God’s commandments are somewhat arbitrary and…

Continue Reading

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

May 10, 2023

  If you happen to be at Conception Abbey on this day and attend Mass or one of the major hours of prayer, Vigils, Lauds, or Vespers, you will notice that the monks are wearing more than our usual monastic habits. Over the top of the habit, we will be wearing an extra-long, black flowing…

Continue Reading

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

May 9, 2023

  In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus tells us “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” He also tells us “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” If we want to know what it looks like to live by these two sayings of Jesus, we see a perfect example in the…

Continue Reading

Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

May 8, 2023

  In today’s first reading, Paul and Barnabas enter the town of Lystra and begin preaching the Gospel to the inhabitants of that town. In the midst of their preaching, Paul spots a man who has been crippled from birth. Paul recognizes that the man has the faith to be healed and so tells him…

Continue Reading

Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 7, 2023

  Possibly the most intimidating thing that Jesus says to us is found in the Sermon on the Mount, (Matthew 5:48). In this verse, Jesus says to us, “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” That is the RSVCE version. The New America version, that we more commonly use in our…

Continue Reading

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

May 6, 2023

  One should take a deep breath and consider carefully the possible ramifications before one prays, “Thy Will be done.” For control freaks, this will be very difficult. St. Paul and Barnabas experienced great success in Antioch, where the community embraced the Good News and were called Christians. Now in a different Antioch (in Pisidia)…

Continue Reading

Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

May 5, 2023

  Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers, presented something he called the 10,000-hour rule. Basically, in order to master a particular skill, it takes 10,000 hours of intensive practice. Anders Ericsson modified that rule in a 1993 research paper to include “deliberate practice,” by which he meant that a teacher’s guidance was also necessary to…

Continue Reading

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

May 4, 2023

  In the first reading for Mass today, St. Paul is speaking in a synagogue to others of Jewish heritage. All would have known what was written about the long-awaited Messiah. Nonetheless, St. Paul leads them through a history lesson from the lawgiver Moses, through the prophet Samuel, and to King David. What is new…

Continue Reading

Feast of Sts. Philip and James, Apostles

May 3, 2023

  By the time that St. Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians around 56 AD, the young Church was exhorting its followers that salvation depended on knowing the Good News and holding fast to it. Such Good News included these things about Christ: Christ died for our sins He was buried He was…

Continue Reading

Memorial of St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

May 2, 2023

  Those sheep who do not belong to Christ do not recognize the Shepherd’s voice. There was no shortage of persons who were intrigued by Jesus. They knew him as the son of Joseph and Mary. They were curious when he performed extraordinary acts. But, ironically, on the Feast of the Dedication (Hanukkah, or Festival…

Continue Reading

Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

May 1, 2023

  Today is the Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker. Human beings, created in the image and likeness of God, have the dignity of being sons and daughters of God. This dignity is not to be taken lightly. As we progress from children to adults, we, in a sense, go from being sheep to being…

Continue Reading

Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 30, 2023

  What is a sheep? What is a shepherd? What does it mean to follow Christ? Being called a sheep might mean that I am a follower, I stay with the herd, and I do not go out on my own. It might mean that I need others in my life, I must trust someone…

Continue Reading

Memorial of St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

April 29, 2023

  Anyone who knows about earthquakes also knows about aftershocks. They follow the big one. Perhaps the earthquake image can describe the effect of some of the statements and challenges Jesus lays out for the early Christian community. Today’s Gospel is easily seen as a continuation of yesterday’s Gospel in which Jesus clearly calls himself…

Continue Reading

Friday of the Third Week of Easter

April 28, 2023

  “But that’s impossible!” Surely this must have been the response of people who heard that the well-known Paul of Tarsus had suddenly become a follower of Jesus. How was it possible that this Jewish super zealot who had broken into people’s homes to arrest anyone claiming to follow The Way had been totally changed?…

Continue Reading

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

April 27, 2023

  Hitchhiking is rare these days. Years ago, in less dangerous times it was common to “hitch” or “thumb” a ride. Many times that brief chance encounter resulted in a powerful memory either for the driver or the passenger. We can delight in the story of the Ethiopian eunuch who just happened to be passing…

Continue Reading

Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

April 26, 2023

  Do you remember as a young kid watching a movie and about halfway through you began to think that the ending was coming soon and you felt sad because you didn’t want it to end? Was that an early experience of the struggle between fantasy and the world of reality? What was more important…

Continue Reading

Feast of St. Mark, evangelist

April 25, 2023

  If you were asked to make a list of contemporary heroes, whom would you choose? I would suggest our own first responders. They know what to do when called upon. They are people with a mission. Rewinding to the early Church, I suggest that St. Mark the Evangelist, today’s feast day, should be called…

Continue Reading

Monday of the Third Week of Easter

April 24, 2023

  Like a bell that continues to resonate long after it has been struck, our reflections on the Word of God during this Easter season cause us to stop and linger in the silence. We can wonder what it must have been like for the early Church to ponder and digest the most drastic fluctuations…

Continue Reading

Third Sunday of Easter

April 23, 2023

  Some things are meant to be savored. It takes time and gentle reverence to allow goodness to come to the surface. Maybe that’s the way we come to know the most important things in life. If that’s true then we’re still moving toward an answer in response to that common question, “What just happened?”…

Continue Reading

Saturday of the Second Week of Easter

April 22, 2023

  Today’s extract from the gospel of St. John brings us great consolation and hope: “The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing…they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they began to be afraid. But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid”…

Continue Reading

Friday of the Second Week of Easter

April 21, 2023

  Today’s gospel periscope from St. John recounts the miraculous multiplication of loaves and fishes. There is one part of the passage that deserves special attention, “‘Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.’ So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves that had…

Continue Reading

Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

April 20, 2023

  On Monday and Tuesday of this week, we heard from the gospel of St. John Jesus’ discussion with Nicodemus the Pharisee about the necessity of being “born from above.” Today’s passage continues to explore that message: “The one who comes from above is above all. The one who is of the earth is earthly…

Continue Reading

Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter

April 19, 2023

  Jesus’ words in today’s gospel passage seem rather harsh for the Easter season! “the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed.…

Continue Reading