Daily Reflections

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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Friday of the Third Week of Easter

May 6, 2022

  “The Sanctifying power of Easter dispels wickedness, washes faults away, restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to mourners, drives out hatred, fosters concord, and brings down the mighty.” Exultet, lines 43-45 Saul of Tarsus came to understand these words very well. He believed that Christianity was heresy to Judaism, and he made clear…

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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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Holy Saturday

April 16, 2022

  We have all probably heard the encouragement, “God will not give you anything you can’t handle.” The truth, however, is far from this. Examine your life; is it true? No, we receive suffering, in all forms, far beyond our strength. God allows or gives us suffering far beyond what we can handle, and that…

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Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

April 15, 2022

  Today we commemorate the gift of Christ dying on the cross on our behalf. Here Christ offers himself as a sacrifice for the world’s sins, healing the rift between humanity and God. In this gift, we can reenter the gift of God’s presence and enter into heaven, the New Eden, once again. We must…

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Holy Thursday

April 14, 2022

  Holy Thursday is an extraordinary time. Next to Easter, Holy Thursday is one of the most important days of the Church’s liturgical calendar. Holy Thursday commemorates two significant events; the first is the institution of the Eucharist, and the second is the institution of the ministerial priesthood. The Eucharist, the Holy Sacrifice of the…

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Wednesday of Holy Week

April 13, 2022

  “Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” These are tough words to hear. They speak of the betrayal of a close friend, the betrayal of God. We have become very familiar with the story of Judas and his actions, affirming for ourselves that, “no, I would never do that, Lord,…

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Tuesday of Holy Week

April 12, 2022

  “The Lord called me from birth, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.” Our names matter. They tell us we are someone, that we are unique, known, and often cared for. When someone calls out your name, you turn and listen. We frequently receive our name at birth from our parents, but…

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Monday of Holy Week

April 11, 2022

  “You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” Jesus affirms that the poor have a special place in the heart of the Church. Consider another Gospel, Matthew 25. Here, Jesus says to those who were faithful stewards, “you gave me food when hungry, clothing when naked, a drink…

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Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

April 10, 2022

    One of the most gut-wrenching phrases uttered in the scriptures is spoken today in our responsorial psalm, “My God, My God, why have you abandoned me.” From the Cross, Jesus cries out these words, expressing his great anguish and pain. Hanging on the cross between two criminals, enduring torment by Roman soldiers, the…

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Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

April 9, 2022

  Today we are on the threshold of the holiest days of the liturgical year. The stage is being set for the events of the Paschal Triduum. At the entrance, we hear Jesus’ prayer as the religious leaders devise their plot to kill him: “O Lord, do not stay afar off; my strength, make haste…

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Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

April 8, 2022

  Holy Week draws near. In the entrance antiphon of today’s liturgy, we glimpse the darkness of the coming days: “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in distress. Deliver me from the hands of my enemies and those who pursue me. O Lord, let me never be put to shame, for I…

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