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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
The First Sunday of Lent, Year A – Sunday, March 9, 2014 Today’s Scripture readings for the first Sunday of Lent immerse us into the depths of Lent. The readings and today’s psalm 51 sound overtures of the great themes that we will hear and live over the next six weeks. Reflecting on today’s first ...read more
  The Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – March 2, 2014 In today’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel (6:25-34), Jesus does not deny the reality of human needs (v. 32), but forbids making them the object of anxious care and, in effect, becoming their slave. Those who truly know God as the heavenly Father ...read more
The Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – February 23, 2014 The three Scripture readings today issue three calls to us– to be holy as the Lord our God is holy; to not deceive ourselves with the wisdom of this age; and to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Let ...read more