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Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

May 17, 2022

  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.” This peace that Jesus leaves with us is more than the peace of the world for it is the peace of Christ that dwells within our hearts and therefore cannot be taken from…

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Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

May 16, 2022

  In today’s Gospel, we see a continuation of the themes from Sunday. Jesus tells us, “whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.” I am intrigued by the fact that he first says whoever “has” my commandments, not just whoever “knows” them. We hear in the book of Hebrews,…

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 15, 2022

  Today’s Gospel picks up just as Judas leaves to betray Jesus, for Satan had entered him. Jesus’ response to this betrayal is profound for he does not expose Judas but has compassion for the rest of the disciples. He tells them that this betrayal, although they do not yet know what is about to…

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Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

May 14, 2022

  So much about the post-Resurrection Christian community has been lost to history except for those snapshots of situations and responses captured in the collective memory of the early Church. How did the people closest to Jesus deal with the ongoing shock of his death and resurrection? How did they handle their practical questions about…

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Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

May 13, 2022

  It only takes a few minutes of watching the news to be confronted with some form of bad news or a modern version of someone crying “wolf.” One can wonder if good news is simply rarer these days, or is this simply the proof of the adage in journalism that says, “bad news sells.”…

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Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

May 12, 2022

  Most of us have heard the expression, “it’s the little things that count.” How often does this prove to be the case, when those extra little efforts of courtesy, kindness, and sensitivity make a big difference for someone going through difficult times? Small acts of kindness speak volumes about what is going on in…

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Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

May 11, 2022

  Have you ever wondered how the Good News of the Risen Christ might have spread around the world if modern news media were available? That might sound like useless speculation, but there might be some lessons to be learned. Today’s “breaking news” means we have instant access to whatever is happening. But it’s through…

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Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

May 10, 2022

  Sometimes reflecting on the daily liturgical readings reminds us of the weather. Today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles has all the warmth and enthusiasm of a spring day that is so characteristic of this Easter season. It’s a time for new growth and flowers. How different is the weather in the…

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Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

May 9, 2022

  Gates are wonderful things. As kids, we can probably remember swinging on gates, until an adult came along and spoiled all the fun. Gates are not play things. Jesus certainly understood the essential role of gates. The gatekeeper was responsible to close the gate securely to keep various flocks of livestock safe inside the…

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

May 8, 2022

  If there is one demand that permeates so much of our thought and gut feelings these days, perhaps it’s this phrase: “let’s get real!” If living in a fantasy world of literature and entertainment was the popular “great escape” for people in years past, it seems that “reality shows” (even if carefully edited!) and…

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Saturday of the Third Week of Easter

May 7, 2022

  The Exultet ends by declaring Christ is “the one Morning star who never sets, who, come back from death’s domain, has shed his peaceful light on humanity, and lives and reigns forever and ever.” Exultet, lines 60-62 This week ends with more snapshots from Jesus’ public ministry and the ministry of the Early Church.…

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Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

May 5, 2022

  “This is the night that even now, throughout the World, sets Christian believers apart from worldly vices and from the gloom of sin, leading them to grace.” Exultet, lines 28-29 To be a Christian believer means to be set apart. Consecrated entirely for the Lord. We find this in today’s reading from Acts. Philip…

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Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

May 4, 2022

  “These then are the feasts of Passover, in which is slain the Lamb, the one true Lamb, whose Blood anoints the doorposts of believers…(by which) once you led our Forebears, Israel’s children from slavery in Egypt and made them pass dry-shod through the Red Sea.” Exultet, lines 23-24 Today we have a difficult reading…

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Feast of Sts. Philip and James, Apostles

May 3, 2022

  “It is truly right and just, with ardent love of mind and heart… to acclaim our God invisible, the almighty Father, and Jesus Christ, our Lord, his Son, His only begotten, Who for our sake paid Adam’s debt to the Eternal Father and, pouring out his own dear Blood, wiped clean the record of…

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

May 2, 2022

  “Rejoice, let Mother Church rejoice, arrayed with the lightning of his glory,..filled with the mighty voices of the peoples.” Exultet, lines 6-7 St. Stephen gives his witness in the Sanhedrin. Since no one could defeat him in debate his rivals used lies to attack him. He held to his confidence in Christ as he…

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Third Sunday of Easter

May 1, 2022

  Forward: Easter is the most festive season of the Liturgical Year. It is a time of both joy and remembrance. It can easily be a time to lose focus as Spring begins things get busy. Just as we are meant to keep a penitential attitude throughout Lent, we are meant to keep a celebratory…

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Saturday of the Second Week of Easter

April 30, 2022

  I always say that Saturdays are reserved for Our Lady. Tradition has it, that “The glorious Virgin Mary who remained unshaken in faith all day Saturday after the death of her Divine Son.” More here. Our Lady knew what was to happen; she knew that Jesus would rise on the third day! Tradition also…

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

April 29, 2022

  Today we hear the miraculous story of the loaves and the fish. They had very little for the crowd, but Jesus’s disciples, being obedient to him, had the crowd recline—all 5,000 of them. Jesus gave thanks and had disciples pick up what was left over—12 wicker baskets full! Today is the feast day of…

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Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

April 28, 2022

  Today is the optional memorial of St. Louis de Montfort, a great apostle of Our Lady! He said “Take advantage of little sufferings even more than of great ones. God considers not so much what we suffer as how we suffer… Turn everything to profit.” In our first reading, the apostles knew how to…

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Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter

April 27, 2022

  Today’s responsorial psalm verse stuck out to me the most today. “The Lord hears the cry of the poor.” I am not only thinking of those who are poor in material possessions but poor in spirit. They could be the wealthiest people on the planet, but in spirit, they possess nothing. It makes me…

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Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

April 26, 2022

  In our Alleluia verse today, we hear, “The Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” At his Passion, Christ was lifted on the cross to draw the whole world to himself. At Mass, when the priest elevates the host, Christ present in the…

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Feast of St. Mark, evangelist

April 25, 2022

  On this Feast of St. Mark, we hear in our first reading today, “Clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for God opposes the proud but bestows favor on the humble. So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your…

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Second Sunday of Easter

April 24, 2022

  Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My…

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Saturday in the Octave of Easter

April 23, 2022

  Peter and John were filled with zeal and faith as they stood before the Sanhedrin. They boldly spoke of Jesus Christ, risen from the dead. But shortly before, according to Mark’s gospel, they dismissed the claim of his resurrection by Mary Magdalen and the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Jesus had to appear…

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Friday in the Octave of Easter

April 22, 2022

  Jesus is the stone rejected by the builders. Peter applies this commonly quoted passage from Psalm 118 to Jesus and the meaning is fairly clear. As with masons who reject a large ill-formed stone for building the wall of the building and yet find it perfectly suited for the more essential role of keystone…

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Thursday in the Octave of Easter

April 21, 2022

  Even though Jesus stands before his disciples as proof that he has risen from the dead, he is not content to let their faith rest strictly on what their eyes can see and their hands can touch. It is important to him, as it had been when speaking to the disciples on the road…

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Wednesday in the Octave of Easter

April 20, 2022

  The Emmaus story seems to mirror our common experience of coming to faith in Jesus Christ and his resurrection through gradual stages, rather than suddenly as it happened with Mary. In the Emmaus story, the disciples come to recognize Jesus through two means: the Word of God and the breaking of bread. We have…

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Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

April 19, 2022

  This Gospel presents St. John’s version of the Easter story. Mary wants to reverence the dead body of Jesus and discovers that it is missing from the tomb. She asks the gardener where the body has been taken. But the gardener turns out to be Jesus. Mary tries to resume her relationship with him…

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Monday in the Octave of Easter

April 18, 2022

  “If Christ is not risen, then our faith is in vain and we are still in our sins.” That the resurrection actually occurred is as important to us today as it was to Jesus’ followers on the day of Pentecost when Peter spoke to the people of Jerusalem and when Matthew wrote his Gospel.…

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Easter Sunday | The Resurrection of the Lord

April 17, 2022

    Two lights dominate our Easter Vigil: the light from the Easter candle and the light from the sun that rises this morning. Both represent Christ, but they stand for two ways we experience Christ’s light. The candle is Christ’s light in this world; the sun is Christ’s life beyond this world. We entered…

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Pentecost Sunday

May 23, 2021

  Pentecost is regarded as the “Birthday of the Church.” Gathered in one place together, the Holy Spirit appeared to the disciples as “tongues of fire,” which rested on each of them. The Spirit first enabled them to communicate effectively the Gospel message without language being a barrier: “They were all filled with the Holy…

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Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

May 22, 2021

  Only Bear Witness Today, Paul is finally in Rome. A chain of events took place to get him here and bear witness to Jesus. Paul has certainly had God’s guiding hand. But amid the number of speeches, imprisonments, twists and turns, it’s easy to get lost in the story. We need a map. I…

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Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

May 21, 2021

  To Rome In Jerusalem, Paul had defended himself before the Sanhedrin, saying, “I am on trial for hope in the resurrection of the dead.” (Acts 23:6) He said this on purpose, knowing that it would cause a division and uproar. Smart move, as he meant to stay in the custody of Roman guards and…

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Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

May 20, 2021

  The Lord’s Will Be Done We arrived in Jerusalem a few days ago. Some time has passed since we left Miletus and the Ephesian presbyters. We landed at Tyre and stayed with some disciples, who “kept telling Paul through the Spirit not to embark for Jerusalem.” (Acts 21:4) We continued our journey, though, and…

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Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

May 19, 2021

  What Do We Do? Today, Paul is concluding his final farewell to the Ephesian presbyters, who met up with him here in Miletus. Like a good shepherd himself, Paul leaves them with parting words that are for their good and for the good of all God’s holy church, over which they have been appointed.…

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Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

May 18, 2021

Where Are We Going? So, I was telling you the story of how we got to Ephesus. Well, today, we are in Miletus, just thirty miles south of Ephesus. But we got here after a long journey around the Aegean Sea. And we won’t be here for long. Paul is heading for Jerusalem. “Compelled by…

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Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

May 17, 2021

Where Are We? This week, we conclude our journey through the Acts of the Apostles. Literally, throughout Easter, we have worked our way through this Spirit-driven testament of the early church. So, where are we now? Today, we are in Ephesus, a city and port on the western coast of Asia Minor. Sounds nice. But…

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Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

May 16, 2021

Where is Jesus? In these last days of the Easter season, the Church celebrates the Ascension of the Lord. After all his pain and suffering on the Cross, the Lord Jesus ascends to his Throne to rule over heaven and earth. So, where is Jesus? He is in heaven. But how did he get there?…

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Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

May 15, 2021

  The first reading continues our progress through the Acts of the Apostles. In these last verses of chapter 18, three new individuals are mentioned. They are the somewhat mysterious Apollos and the couple Priscilla and Aquila. Apollos is Jewish, but he was born in Alexandria, Egypt. This city was a lot like Athens, with…

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Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle

May 14, 2021

  On this Friday of the sixth week of the Easter Season, we make a slight break in our routine, by celebrating the Feast of St. Matthias. He is another interesting individual in the life of the early Christians. In the very first chapter of Acts, the early Christians are gathering in the Upper Room.…

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