Feast of Pentecost Scripture: Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11 1 Corinthians 12: 36-37, 12-13 John 20:19-23 Reflection: Today we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. This great feast marks the birth of the Church as we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit onto the disciples » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 25:13b-21 John 21:15-19 Reflection: …Do you love me?…Feed my sheep… Three times, Jesus asks Peter ‘do you love me’; three times, following Peter’s ‘yes, Lord’ Jesus commands ‘feed my sheep’. What is it about ‘three times?’ We can make a connection to the » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 John 17:20-26 Reflection: Today’s readings seem to be starkly at odds because they exhort us to embrace what appears to be such radically different behavior. The reading from the gospel of John continues Jesus’ discourse to his disciples the night before » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 20:28-38 John 17:11b-19 Reflection: This passage is one of the most touching sections in Luke’s Gospel. Jesus and his disciples are on their way to Jerusalem. They are passing between Samaria and Galilee. Subtly Luke is saying that suffering is the great leveler. » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 20:17-27 John 17:1-11a Reflection: When my son Carl was born, his great-grandpa Ben was 96 years old. Ben’s beloved Molly, to whom he’d been married for almost 70 years, had died four years prior. Ben wrote a letter to the infant Carl, sealed » Continue Reading.
Feast of St. Matthias Scripture: Acts 1:15-17, 20-26 John 15:9-17 Reflection: Today’s feast is the day when we remember St. Matthias, the faithful follower of the Lord who was chosen to be the replacement of the “apostate apostle” Judas. Just imagine those early days after » Continue Reading.
The Ascension of the Lord Scripture: Acts 1:1-11 Ephesians 1:17-23 or 4:1-13 Mark 16:15-20 Reflection: Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel reminds me of a famous saying of St. Francis of Assisi, “Preach the Gospel and all times and if necessary use words.” So often when » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 18:23-28 John 16:23b-28 Reflection: “He (Apollos) began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the Way of God more accurately.” Acts 18: 26 Both readings that we have in » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 18:9-18 John 16:20-23 Reflection: Farewells are rarely joyful. At best, they are bitter-sweet. Bitter because departure pains the heart. Sweet because only through the departure, a kind of letting go, actually, is it possible that something new will emerge. How many countless parents » Continue Reading.