Monday of the 3rd Week of Easter

Monday of the 3rd Week of Easter
Acts 6:8-15  +  John 6:22-29
May 6, 2019

   “…believe in the one He sent.”    

In today’s Gospel passage from John 6, we hear the crowd ask Jesus two questions.  First they ask, “Rabbi [meaning, “Teacher”], when did you get here?”  Jesus doesn’t answer their question, but He confronts them with the fact that they are only concerning themselves about their physical hunger.  It was for this reason that they had wanted to make Him their king.  But Jesus wants them to want something greater. Continue reading

The Third Sunday of Easter [C]

The Third Sunday of Easter [C]
Acts 5:27-32,40-41  +  Revelation 5:11-14  +  John 21:1-19
May 5, 2019

   He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.   

 As the Church journeys through the Easter Season, we continually celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection.  But it’s important to recall that the point of this joy is the feast celebrated at Easter’s end:  Pentecost.  Pentecost, celebrated on the fiftieth and final day of the season of Easter, is a celebration of God the Holy Spirit flooding the hearts, minds, and souls of those who wish to live as members of the Body of Christ. Continue reading

Saturday of the 2nd Week of Easter

Saturday of the 2nd Week of Easter
Acts 6:1-7  +  John 6:16-21
May 4, 2019

   “It is I.  Do not be afraid.”   

How can the presence of Jesus cause fear in people?  Contrast today’s Gospel passage with the scene of the Annunciation.  Jesus says to the apostles in today’s Gospel passage what the Archangel Gabriel says to Mary:  “Do not be afraid!”  Is it odd that God’s Presence—or even the news of His desire to come and be present—so often causes fear? Continue reading

Sts. Philip & James, Apostles

Sts. Philip & James, Apostles
1 Corinthians 15:1-8  +  John 14:6-14
May 3, 2019

   “Whoever has seen Me has seen the Father.”   

Throughout the Easter Season, the Scriptures at Holy Mass focus our attention upon several recurring themes.  Examples of this are the Good Shepherd, the Bread of Life, and the unity of the Church.  As is fitting for the feast of two apostles, the Scriptures for today’s feast of St. Philip and St. James highlight how the Church’s foundation is apostolic.  Of course, the role of the apostles goes beyond the Church’s beginning. Continue reading

Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Easter

Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Easter
Acts 5:17-26  +  John 3:16-21
May 1, 2019

   But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.   

Today’s Gospel passage tells us neither of Jesus preaching nor of Jesus acting.  Instead, in this passage St. John the Evangelist offers spiritual commentary on the Christian life.  More specifically, the evangelist describes what it means for the Christian’s works to be rooted in Christ, so deeply in fact that it is Christ who acts through the Christian.  To do so, he uses the simple metaphor of light, but in two ways. Continue reading