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The Holy Spirit Works Quietly

May 24. 2015: Pentecost Sunday Acts 2:1-11 Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34 First Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23 ________________________________________________________________________ We all like fantastic fireworks. They’re exciting, impressive, thrilling. The Church’s first Pentecost had some fantastic fireworks. The Apostles and other disciples were gathered “in one place together.” We don’t know exactly where. Probably it was […]

Our King Is Unconquerable

May 17, 2015: Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord Acts 1:1-11 Psalms 47:2-3, 6-9 Ephesians 1:17-23 Matthew 28:16-20 _______________________________________________________________________ In St. Luke’s Gospel, this scene of Christ’s Ascension takes place immediately after Jesus appeared to His Apostles, showed them His wounds, and ate with them in order to assure them that He was no […]

Every Christian’s Battle Plan

May 10, 2015: 6th Sunday of Easter Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 Psalms 98:1-4 First John 4:7-10 John 15:9-17 ________________________________________________________________________ As we come closer to Pentecost and the end of the Easter season, the Church brings us back to the Last Supper with today’s Gospel passage. The moment is solemn. Jesus is at table with His […]

Transformation in Christ Takes Time

May 3, 2015: 5th Sunday of Easter Acts 9:26-31 Psalms 22:26-28, 30-32 First John 3:18-24 John 15:1-8 ________________________________________________________________________ I believe that all of us are here today because we love Jesus Christ and we want to follow him more and more closely. In other words, there is still a gap between the kind of Catholic […]

The Catholic Church Is Christ’s One Flock

April 26, 2015: 4th Sunday of Easter Acts 4:8-12 Psalms 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 21 First John 3:1-2 John 10:11-18 _________________________________________________________________________ Jesus Christ was sent to the Jewish people, to be their Messiah in accordance with God’s ancient promises to His Chosen People. Yet, God was not satisfied to save only one people; He wants […]

The Resurrection Gives Us a Fresh Start

April 19, 2015: 3rd Sunday of Easter Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 Psalms 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9 First John 2:1-5 Luke 24:35-48 ________________________________________________________________________ St Peter shows amazing courage in today’s First Reading. That passage is taken from his Pentecost sermon. In that sermon, he preached the gospel to the Jewish leaders and residents of Jerusalem — the […]

Eternal Life Is about Quality, not Quantity

April 12, 2015: Sunday of Divine Mercy Acts 4:32-35 Psalms 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 First John 5:1-6 John 20:19-31 ________________________________________________________________________ In today’s Psalm the Church has us repeat seven times that the Lord’s “mercy endures forever… his love is everlasting.” This season of Easter, in which we celebrate our Lord’s astounding victory over sin, suffering, evil, […]

The Good News of Judgment

April 5, 2015: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord Acts 10:34, 37-43 Psalms 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 Colossians 3:1-4 John 20:1-9 ________________________________________________________________________ St Peter makes a strange announcement to us today. We are surrounded by the joy of Christ’s definitive victory over sin and death, a victory we share through our faith and the […]

Joy Amid Suffering — The Paradox of Palm Sunday

Isaiah 50:4-7 Psalms 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23 Philippians 2:6-11 Matthew 26:14–27:66 ________________________________________________________________________ Today we are in the middle of a paradox. On the one hand, we experience great joy. As Jesus enters Jerusalem, throngs of people rejoice. The promised Savior has finally come! The Messiah is here! Redemption is at hand! Then, on the other […]

Jesus Is Our Savior, Not Our Consultant

March 22, 2015: 5th Sunday of Lent Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalms 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15 Hebrews 5:7-9 John 12:20-33 ________________________________________________________________________ We live in a technology-centered world. There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with that. Even advanced technology is morally neutral; it is a useful tool, either for doing good or for doing evil. However, our experience of the power […]