A Beautiful Holy City

Peace and all Good! The Book of Revelation today gives us a beautiful vision of a holy city “coming down out of heaven adorned as a bride for her husband.” (Rev. 21:2) What would such a holy city be like? We often think of cities as nasty places where wealth and poverty live side by […]

Jesus is the Good Shepherd

Traditionally this Fourth Sunday of Easter is called Good Shepherd Sunday. No matter which liturgical cycle we are in, the Gospel will always be about Jesus, the Good Shepherd. So great is our Good Shepherd that he knows each of us by name and gives us eternal life. Jesus states that no one can take […]

Sacramental Life

The first reading for this Third Sunday of Easter comes to us from the Acts of the Apostles. When the high priest accused the disciples of disobeying the Temple orders, Peter and the apostles volley back with stinging words of reproach and testimony. They are not going to stop preaching the message of Jesus. We […]

“Truly, today we celebrate Divine Mercy”

Peace and all Good! Today is the Second of Easter and also established by St. John Paul II as Divine Mercy Sunday. In the readings for today’s Mass, fear is contrasted with confidence. John’s confidence comes from his encounter with the Risen Jesus in today’s Gospel. This encounter carried the greeting, “Peace be with you.” […]

“Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!”

It was a morning of extreme urgency. Mary Magdalene ventured out and found the open empty tomb. The angels, the Gardener‐Lord, will come later in the morning. Mary sees an empty tomb and rushes to tell the others. She used the words “has been taken,” implying the tomb has been robbed. Peter hits the ground […]

Now It Begins!

Now it begins! The holiest and most sacred time of the year as we gather to remember all that Christ Jesus has accomplished and what it means to us. We begin today a week which is called “holy” and rightly so. We gather in churches throughout the world to enter into the passion, death and […]

“Neither Do I Condemn You…” – Jesus

Peace and all Good! In this famous scene from John’s Gospel today, a woman caught in adultery is dragged to Jesus. The Pharisees were not interested in Jesus’ great learning! They wanted him to come down for or against the law, either way trapping him by his response. If Jesus chose the law, the memory […]

…When it comes to mercy and compassion, God spares no expense

Peace and all Good! For Luke, God’s reconciling love is the core of Jesus’ teaching. Indeed, St. Luke’s Gospel is called the Gospel of Mercy. Today’s Gospel features the most beautiful story in the Scriptures: The Prodigal Son. After the son takes his portion of his father’s inheritance, he goes off to a far away […]

It’s Not Too Late!

In today’s Gospel, people come to Jesus with a question about the Galileans killed by Pilate and eighteen citizens killed by a falling tower. They ask if their deaths were punishment for their sins. No, says, Jesus, they did not die because of their sinfulness any more than we live because of our righteousness. Then, […]

A Glimpse of the Resurrection

Traditionally on this Second Sunday of Lent, we hear the story of the transfiguration of Jesus atop a high mountain. In Luke’s version this year, this miraculous event is tied to the Resurrection. The Transfiguration gives us a glimpse of the Resurrection and a taste of the glory which is to be found on the […]