Renew the Face of the Earth

With this beautiful Solemnity of Pentecost, we draw our 50‐day celebration of Easter to a close! One of the most familiar and remarkable texts for this Sunday is the reading from the Acts of the Apostles. This passage recounts the great gathering of people who were speaking in their native languages about “the mighty acts […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Repent! And Believe the Gospel!

Jesus began his public ministry with the words “Repent, and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15) Since that time the Church has never failed to call people from sin to conversion and through the celebration of Penance to show the victory of Christ over sin. During Lent the whole Church responds to the call of the […]

The Season of Lent is at Hand!

This last Sunday in the winter section of Ordinary Time means that the Season of Lent is at hand! This week, we begin this holy season on Ash Wednesday. Today will be the last Sunday we will hear the Alleluia until Easter time and except for the Feasts of St. Joseph on March 19th and […]