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Third Sunday of Easter, Year A – April 30th, 2017 Today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles (2:14, 22b-33) presents us with the first of six discourses (along with Acts 3:12-26; 4:8-12; 5:29-32; 10:34-43; 13:16-41) dealing with the Resurrection of Jesus and its Messianic significance. Five of these are attributed to Peter; the ...read more
Second Sunday of Easter, Year A – April 23rd, 2017 Divine Mercy Sunday “Doubting Thomas” is a term often used to describe someone who refuses to believe something without direct, personal evidence: a skeptic. It refers of course to Thomas, one of the Twelve, whose name occurs in all the gospel lists of the apostles. ...read more
Easter Vigil – Saturday, April 15th, 2017 Genesis 1:1–2:2; Genesis 22:1-18; Exodus 14:15-15:1; Isaiah 54:5-14; Isaiah 55:1-11; Baruch 3:9-15, 32-4:4; Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28; Romans 6:3-11; Mathew 28:1-10 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 ...read more
Easter Sunday – April 16th, 2017 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 Resurrection ...read more
Good Friday, Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion – April 14th, 2017 As we commemorate Good Friday for this year, I have chosen to share with you the following reflection on what Pope John Paul II taught us at the end of his life. I cannot recall Good Friday without remembering Saint John Paul II, especially ...read more
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Holy Thursday – April 13th, 2017 Holy Thursday formally concludes the Lenten season. On this night we enter into the three days that are the centre of our liturgical year, and indeed of the Christian faith. The scripture readings root us deeply in our Jewish past: celebrating the Passover ...read more
A reflection for Palm Sunday There are two Gospel readings for this Sunday, Palm Sunday. The first is the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11). This Gospel is proclaimed as our palms are blessed, uniting us with the same crowds that cried “Hosanna” and praised Jesus as their king, “he who comes in ...read more
Palm Sunday – April 9th, 2017 In preparation for Easter some years ago, I had the privilege of an early Lenten retreat on the events of Holy Week as I read and pondered what was at that time Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s latest book: “Jesus of Nazareth – Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem ...read more
A reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Lent The question is often raised, “If God is good, why is there evil in the world?” Sometimes this dilemma is even used as a proof that God does not exist – if God is all-good and all-powerful, shouldn’t He be able to prevent all evil from happening? ...read more
Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year A – April 2nd, 2017 Ezekiel’s dramatic vision and ours 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 sixth ...read more