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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Year A – Sunday, June 11th, 2017 The Holy Trinity is a mystery that Scripture does not prove. This Sunday following Pentecost, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Blessed Trinity. The Triune nature of God is the principal mystery of the Catholic faith. Today we contemplate the first and ...read more
Feast of the Visitation – Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Today’s feast of the Visitation of Mary and Elizabeth invites us into a deeply personal moment of the Scriptures (Luke 1:39-56). The Precursor and the Lord are both hidden from each other. Yet even before the two women embrace, John leaped for joy in his mother’s ...read more
Solemnity of Pentecost – Sunday, June 4th, 2017 Pentecost is the fiftieth day after Easter that signals the start of the universal mission of the Church – a mission that overcomes human obstacles and has the Spirit as its driving force. The mighty breath of God and the fire of the Spirit’s presence engulf the ...read more
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Year A – Sunday, May 28th, 2017 Matthew’s Gospel for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (28:16-20) presents us the majestic, final scene in Galilee that brings the evangelist’s account to a fitting conclusion. In perfect harmony with his presentation of Jesus, Matthew has chosen to ...read more
Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A – May 21st, 2017 The first six Chapters of Acts tell the story of the foundation and building up of the Church in Jerusalem. In today’s first reading (Acts 8:5-8, 14-17) and again in Acts 10:44-48 and Acts 19:1-6, Luke distinguishes between baptism in the name of the Lord ...read more
Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A – May 14th, 2017 The mystery of our spiritual union with Christ lies at the heart of the liturgy for the Fifth Sunday of Easter for this year. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles (6:1-7), we learn that a clear perception of the diversity of ...read more
Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A – May 7th, 2017 Of all the images of Jesus throughout the ages, which manifests his tenderness and compassion more than the Good Shepherd? Even before Jesus’ time, the image of shepherd was used to describe the tenderness and provident care God shows us. Shepherd and host are both ...read more
Third Sunday of Easter, Year A – April 30th, 2017 Today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles (2:14, 22b-33) presents us with the first of six discourses (along with Acts 3:12-26; 4:8-12; 5:29-32; 10:34-43; 13:16-41) dealing with the Resurrection of Jesus and its Messianic significance. Five of these are attributed to Peter; the ...read more
Second Sunday of Easter, Year A – April 23rd, 2017 Divine Mercy Sunday “Doubting Thomas” is a term often used to describe someone who refuses to believe something without direct, personal evidence: a skeptic. It refers of course to Thomas, one of the Twelve, whose name occurs in all the gospel lists of the apostles. ...read more
Easter Vigil – Saturday, April 15th, 2017 Genesis 1:1–2:2; Genesis 22:1-18; Exodus 14:15-15:1; Isaiah 54:5-14; Isaiah 55:1-11; Baruch 3:9-15, 32-4:4; Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28; Romans 6:3-11; Mathew 28:1-10 The tragic story of Good Friday does not end with the death of Jesus. There is a sequel. God raises Jesus from the dead and thereby writes another ...read more