The day of great rejoicing has arrived! Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior has risen from the dead. The temple that was torn down was rebuilt in three days time and is now the cornerstone of our faith and Church. Here again are consoling and wonderful bookends joined to a day of great rejoicing. It … Continue reading Angels Announced Great News
I will make a daring statement. A statement that is not backed up by any theological instruction, exegesis, or pontifical concordance. The statement expresses an observation that I have quietly held in my heart. It is a correlation I have made and contemplate every Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Jesus gave up His Spirit. The … Continue reading There was a man named Joseph…
On this most solemn day of the Triduum the sun rises. The crowds gather around the courts and the elected officials. The rumors from the night before have reached the far corners of the city. All are anxious to see what will become of the Messiah; He who entered Jerusalem a few days ago to … Continue reading It is good. Friday.
Celebration of the Eucharist concludes Holy Thursday mass. We did it in memory of Him; just as he taught his disciples over two thousand years ago. He gave us another lesson to memorize as well. Once again, God-Made-Man, humbles Himself to wash the feet of His disciples and teaches them, "If I, therefore, the master … Continue reading Watch and Pray
One of my favorite readings in the Gospel is Jesus' retreat in the desert for 40 days tempted by Satan. In my view, it is always a refreshing way to begin Lent. I've written about it before. Much like Christ, we have just entered the desert of Lent for 40 days. Today we were reminded … Continue reading Rainbow Connection
"Watch!" (St. Mark 13:37) This is the command Jesus gave us as we began the journey of Advent, when we began the new year. This did not catch me off guard. It woke me up. There has been a lot of watching this year, watching of many worldly events. It is timely that this is … Continue reading Watch!
"Peter turned and saw John. When he saw him Peter asked Jesus, 'Lord, what about him?' Jesus said to Peter, 'What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern of it is yours? You Follow Me' (St. John 21:20-23). Perhaps Peter was concerned for John's well-being and wanted to know what would … Continue reading You. Follow Me.
Under normal circumstances, receiving an invitation on a Sunday is unusual. The post office is closed and no mail is delivered. Then there is Sunday Mass. I was pleasantly surprised to hear the first reading from the prophet Isaiah. In my more formative years it was a passage that consoled me during a very challenging … Continue reading RSVP to Grace
"Ask something of Me and I will give it to you" (1 Kgs 3:5). This question God posed to Solomon. It is a question the Lord asks of us every day when we spend time with Him in prayer. Solomon's answer pleased the Lord, "Give thy servant an understanding heart to judge your people and … Continue reading What Will You Ask For?
How many souls are at rest? There is a lot of agitation today in many souls. Many are heavy laden with stress and anxiety. Vices, ill will and misguided righteousness can weigh on the shoulders like a heavy wooden bar laid across the back and neck. Our ability to direct and decide is subverted by … Continue reading Restless Souls Can Find Rest.