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We are Easter People

“We are Easter People and Alleluia is our Song!” Saint John Paul II, Address in Harlem, New York (1979). Happy Easter! “You know what has happened all over Judea…” Hearing Peter recall the events, his unmistakable enthusiasm, his desire to be sure the hearer knows what has happened AND what this means! “He commissioned us … Continue reading “We are Easter People”


Beginnings and Ends

GN. 1: 1-22; GN. 22: 1-18; EX. 14: 15-15:1; IS. 54: 5-14; IS. 55: 1-11; BAR. 3:9-15, 32-4:4; EZ. 36: 16-17A. 18-28; ROM. 6:3-11; MARK 16:1-17. Easter is here- the end of our long journey so now you can have that glass of wine or chocolate or soda pop :). For the entire Lent, the … Continue reading “Beginnings and Ends”


The Love of Christ

ISA. 52: 13-53:12; HEB. 4:14-16; 5:7-9; JOHN 18:1-19:42. Lent began with Ash Wednesday, initiating this period of reflection, fasting, and alms-giving. During the liturgy on Ash Wednesday, we receive ashes with a reminder that our life is fleeting and we need to convert to the Gospel. We are given an abstract reminder that we all … Continue reading “The Love of Christ”


United

READINGS: Exodus 12: 1-8; I Cor. 11: 23-26; John 13: 1-15 Have you ever wondered what keeps a people united? Why allows the people in France, or the United Kingdom, or the United States to live peacefully together and see themselves as bonded to neighbors and those living in the same country? Scholars offer many … Continue reading “United”


World Water Day

I must turn on the tap on my kitchen sink, dozens of times a day. To wash dishes, for cooking, to fill up my dogs’ water bowls, to fill up our water filter for my little family of four. I access safe, affordable drinking water over and over again throughout the day, without a second … Continue reading “World Water Day”


Glory

Readings: Jer. 31:31-34; Heb. 5:7-9; John 12: 20-33 A few years ago a public opinion survey of teenagers asked what they wanted to be in the future and the answer, perhaps understandable but also shocking, was to be famous. Not just young people but many of us today would love to be famous, to be … Continue reading “Glory”


Brothers and Sisters

READINGS:  2 Chr. 36: 14-26, 19-23;  Eph. 2: 4-10;  John 3: 14-21 Today’s Gospel reading starts halfway through Jesus’ discussion with Nicodemus and, while the Gospel of John can sometimes be hard to follow, it tells us something important if we look at what is going on before verse 14 begins. As Chapter Three of … Continue reading “Brothers and Sisters”


Commandments

Readings: Exodus 20: 1-17; I. Cor. 1: 22-25; John 2: 13-25. Who likes rules and regulations? I know of no one who relishes being told what to do; it used to be inherent in our character as Americans to resist any attempt to restrain our freedoms. So how do we relate to the first reading … Continue reading “Commandments”


Transformation

READINGS: Genesis 22: 1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Romans 8: 31b-34; Mark 9: 2-10. Who hasn’t made the traditional “New Year’s Resolutions’ for self-improvement? Or who has not dreamed of the day when not shackled by some bad habit, sinful inclination, or a character flaw? We all do and, as Americans, concern about ‘self-help’ has been … Continue reading “Transformation”