Wednesday of the 5th Week of Easter

Wednesday of the 5th Week of Easter
Acts 15:1-6  +  John 15:1-8
May 22, 2019

   “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.”   

Jesus today proclaims a powerful metaphor.  He captures the relationships among the Vinegrower, the Vine, and the branches with their fruit.  This metaphor expresses powerfully the relationship between God the Father and God the Son.  Within this relationship we see our place as members of the Mystical Body of Christ. Continue reading

Tuesday of the 5th Week of Easter

Tuesday of the 5th Week of Easter
Acts 14:19-28  +  John 14:27-31
May 21, 2019

   “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”   

One of the blessings of the priesthood is ministering to someone laying on his deathbed.  Its certainly true that there’s often grief—sometimes dramatic grief—on the faces of loved ones surrounding the dearly departing.  Yet it’s rare to see someone who is dying cry. Continue reading

Monday of the 5th Week of Easter

Monday of the 5th Week of Easter
Acts 14:5-18  +  John 14:21-26
May 20, 2019

   “…He will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.”   

At the Last Supper, Jesus speaks about the role that the Holy Spirit will play in the lives of the disciples after Jesus’ Ascension.  Although Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the “Advocate”—a legal term sometimes translated “Counselor”—it’s in terms of teaching that Jesus here describes the Holy Spirit’s mission.  “The Advocate… will teach you everything”. Continue reading

The Fifth Sunday of Easter [C]

The Fifth Sunday of Easter [C]
Acts 14:21-27  +  Revelation 21:1-5  +  John 13:31-33,34-35
May 19, 2019

   “My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.”   

Today’s Gospel passage takes place within the setting of the Last Supper.  That might seem strange.  We’re backing up to Holy Thursday when we’re now at the Fifth Sunday of Easter, 28 days after Jesus’ Resurrection.  Why is the Church today proclaiming this passage that’s set during Holy Week? Continue reading

Saturday of the 4th Week of Easter

Saturday of the 4th Week of Easter
Acts 13:44-52  +  John 14:7-14
May 18, 2019

   “The Father who dwells in Me is doing His works.”   

At weekday Mass during the middle of the Easter Season, we are hearing Jesus’ words from the Last Supper.  John’s is the loftiest of the four Gospel accounts, but the Last Supper discourses offer the loftiest of the loftiest words spoken by Christ in John.  Much of what He says at the Last Supper concerns the unity of the Holy Trinity, and specifically of the Father and the Son. Continue reading

Friday of the 4th Week of Easter

Friday of the 4th Week of Easter
Acts 13:26-33  +  John 14:1-6
May 17, 2019

   “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”   

Within the Gospel account of St. John, there are two conversations between Jesus and Thomas.  The more famous exchange we hear on the Second Sunday of Easter, where Thomas doubts what his fellow apostles tell him about the Resurrection.  A week later he’s confronted by the Risen Jesus Himself.  But today, on a weekday during the middle of Easter, we hear another form of doubt from Thomas. Continue reading

Thursday of the 4th Week of Easter

Thursday of the 4th Week of Easter
Acts 13:13-25  +  John 13:16-20 
May 16, 2019

   “…whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”   

Why are there days during Eastertide when the Gospel Reading narrates events occurring before the Resurrection of Jesus?  One reason is practical.  Within the four Gospel accounts, the narratives taking place following the Resurrection are relatively few.  Also, they are somewhat repetitive from one Gospel account to another. Continue reading

Wednesday of the 4th Week of Easter

Wednesday of the 4th Week of Easter
Acts 12:24—13:5  +  John 12:44-50
May 15, 2019

   “I came into the world as light….”   

When we recite the Creed on Sundays and solemnities, we profess that God the Son is “eternally begotten of the Father.”  This statement is a profession of the divinity of Jesus Christ, which relates to Jesus’ assertion in yesterday’s Gospel passage that “The Father and I are one.” Continue reading