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Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 20, 2014 In reading the resurrection chapters of the four gospels, the differences of the four accounts are very obvious. Not one of the evangelists recounts Jesus’ resurrection itself. It is an event taking place within the mystery of God between Jesus and the Father. By its very nature the ...read more
Reflection for Holy Saturday, Year A – Saturday, April 19, 2014 The tragic story of Good Friday does not end with the death of Jesus. There is a sequel. God raises Jesus from the dead and thereby writes another chapter in the history of salvation. There will be a tomorrow because the grave is not ...read more
Good Friday – Friday, April 18, 2014 For our Good Friday Reflection this year, and in preparation for the Canonization of Blessed Pope John Paul II next Sunday, April 27, 2014, I have chosen to share with you the this reflection on what Pope John Paul II taught us at the end of his life. ...read more
Holy Thursday – Thursday, April 17, 2014 Holy Thursday formally concludes the Lenten season. On this night we enter into the three days that are the center of our liturgical year, and indeed of the Christian faith. The scripture readings root us deeply in our Jewish past…celebrating the Passover with the Jewish people (Exodus 12:1-8, ...read more
Palm Sunday, Year A – Sunday, April 13, 2014 In preparation for Easter three years ago, I had the privilege of an early Lenten retreat on the events of Holy Week as I read and pondered Pope Benedict XVI’s latest book: “Jesus of Nazareth – Holy Week – From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the ...read more
Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year A – Sunday, April 6, 2014 Ezekiel’s dramatic vision and our The historical background of today’s first reading from Ezekiel 37:12-14 is the great vision of the valley of the dry bones, one of the most spectacular panoramas in the whole of biblical literature. It dates back to the early ...read more
Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year A – Sunday, March 30, 2014 Today’s marvelous Gospel story (John 9:1-41) is about seeing the face of Jesus, allowing the scales of blindness to fall from our eyes, experiencing his healing powers, and acknowledging Jesus for whom he really is: the Lord and Savior who has come into the ...read more
  Third Sunday of Lent, Year A – Sunday, March 23, 2014 In order to grasp the meaning of today’s first reading from Exodus 17:3-7, we must recall what transpires in the preceding chapter. God’s little flock faced the hardship of a lack of food and protested to Moses. Just as the LORD had heard ...read more
  Second Sunday of Lent, Year A – Sunday, March 16, 2014 Abraham, our Father in Faith Abraham was a man with a mission and we could rightly consider him to be the quintessential missionary.  He is revered by the followers of three world religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.  He is the founder of the ...read more
Ash Wednesday – March 5, 2014 Ash Wednesday makes one’s faith very visible and public. Not offensively — but also not easy to miss — the sign of our faith shows up in the office, at school, on buses and subways, in lines at the grocery store, or at the gas station. This small symbol ...read more