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Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ – Sunday, May 29th, 2016 Four Gospels tell the wonder-filled story of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes that has been situated geographically at Tabgha, the place of the seven springs on the Northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. Today’s Gospel looks back to the ...read more
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 On the Sunday that follows Pentecost, we celebrate the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Thanks to the Holy Spirit, who helps us understand Jesus’ words and guides us to the whole truth, believers can have a personal experience of the intimacy of God himself, ...read more
Solemnity of Pentecost – Sunday, May 15th, 2016 We know the story well (Acts 2:1-11) – it is the dawn of the day of Pentecost and the followers of Jesus are gathered to wait and pray. This new day begins with an explosion of sounds from heaven, and a violent wind. The story is reminiscent ...read more
Solemnity of the Ascension – Sunday, May 8th, 2016 Just as Jerusalem was the city of destiny in the Gospel of Luke (the place where salvation was accomplished), so here at the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles, Jerusalem occupies a central position. It is the starting point for the mission of the Christian disciples ...read more
Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C – May 1, 2016 The early Church community in Jerusalem was not without its problems! Several of the controversies are evident in today’s first reading from Chapter 15 of the Acts of the Apostles. When some of the converted Pharisees of Jerusalem discover the results of the first missionary ...read more
Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year C – April 24, 2016 In light of today’s second reading from the book of Revelation (21:1-5a), I wish to offer some reflections on the Holy City of Jerusalem and its important place in Christian spirituality. There is a wonderful rabbinic saying from the Babylonian Talmud (Kiddushin 49b) that reveals ...read more
Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C – April 17, 2016 As we move away from the day of Christ’s resurrection, the Sunday Scripture readings for the Easter Season help to deepen our understanding of what happened to Jesus and to the Church through his triumph over death. On the Second Sunday of Easter, we looked carefully ...read more
Third Sunday of Easter, Year C – April 10, 2016 Today’s dramatic Gospel story (John 21:1-19) is set against the backdrop of the Sea of Galilee. Much of Jesus’ ministry took place along the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias (John 6:1) and the Lake of Gennesaret ...read more
Biblical Reflection for Divine Mercy Sunday – April 3, 2016 Today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles (5:12-16) offers us a vivid insight into the early Christian community in Jerusalem. Luke has already mentioned the rapid growth of the Early Church (2:41, 47, 4:4; 6:1, 9:31). In today’s reading from Acts he wants ...read more
Biblical Reflection for Easter Sunday – March 27, 2016 Pounding hearts, wounded hearts and burning hearts. The image of the human heart permeates the beautiful Easter Gospel of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). It is a very human story, full of pathos; stylized in pattern, and suggesting a Eucharistic celebration ...read more