April 28 – Divine Mercy Sunday “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” It is a clarion call to have faith, to believe, even in the face of serious doubts. But here is Thomas, one of those closest to Jesus, who had to ‘see’ in order to come to belief. Can you really
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Rejoice and be glad for this is the day the Lord has made!! This week is Holy Week. It is all about the Passion, death, AND resurrection of our Lord Jesus. That last part is most important – for without the resurrection, nothing else matters, and with the resurrection everything is possible. The passion and death
“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” The words reverberate in the air. They are the words of an innocent and suffering person who does not understand and has, for the moment, lost all hope as we listen to them in Psalm 22. They are the final words of our Lord Jesus, as he
This week we hear about the prostitute whom the Pharisees brought before Jesus. They were trying to trap him to give them reason to discredit him. Their motivation was not pure, but was driven by their pride, arrogance and envy. Jesus confronts them with truth, making them confront their own treachery. They try to use the
This week we hear the story of the Prodigal Son. It is a story we are all familiar with and shows the great mercy of God and the importance of forgiveness. Sometimes forgotten is the reason Jesus told this parable. The scribes and Pharisees were complaining because Jesus was associating with and eating with tax collectors
“The Lord is kind and merciful.” The Responsorial Psalm this week is a reminder to us of the mercy which God shows toward us – but it is also the mercy we are called to show towards others. What is mercy at its core? Unconditional love! Compassionate love! The depth of that mercy from our Lord
This week we hear about the transfiguration of Jesus in the presence of Peter, James and John. It is a glimpse of the heavenly joy that is to come. Jesus has just shared with the apostles that he will be killed at some point. They come to this event likely with great fears about their futures.
Each year on the first Sunday in Lent, we are reminded of the journey into the desert and the temptation of Jesus. But it is not really about Jesus, for there was never any danger of His falling for the temptations. Rather, it is about Jesus resetting the ‘clock’ for us. Adam, when faced with temptation
“Can a blind man act as a guide to a blind man?…Why look at the speck in your brother's eye when you miss the plank in your own?... A good tree does not produce decayed fruit any more than a decayed tree produces good fruit." These three statements of truth from our gospel this week point