The Ascension of the Lord Scripture: Acts 1:1-11Ephesians 1:17-23 or 4:1-13Mark 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 we read » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 18:23-28John 16:23b-28 Reflection: I have a good friend who reminisces how his kindergarten teacher gave him check marks (means needs work) next to “works well with others”. He’s in his 80’s now and those checks still bother him. At the Passionist Prep High » Continue Reading.
Feast of St. Matthias Scripture: Acts 1:15-17, 20-26John 15:9-17 Reflection: Two special events are celebrated in our readings today. One is a glimpse of community at its best when it is guided and inspired by the Holy Spirit. The other moment, that profound sharing Jesus » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 18:1-8John 16:16-20 Reflection: As we get close to the end of the Easter Season, our readings take a turn towards the Ascension of Jesus and then to Pentecost. On this day in many places around the world, the feast of the Ascension is » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 17:15, 22-18:1John 16:12-15 Reflection: The two readings assigned to Wednesday of the sixth week of Easter, could be designated for a Mass devoted “to the Wisdom of God.” I heartily suggest that you linger over these two readings, read them a couple of » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 16:22-34John 16:5-11 Reflection: Why are the disciples sad? Why do they grieve? They mourn because Jesus is about to leave them. He reassures them that contrary to their feelings of sadness, it is better that he goes. Only then can he send the » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 16:11-15John 15:26-16:4a Reflection: You’ve probably heard the sad commentary about people who faithfully attend Mass on Sundays. Yet in the parking lot immediately after Mass, it’s as if none of what they heard, did, or sang at the liturgy “stuck” or made a » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-481 John 4:7-10John 15:9-17 Reflection: The Sacrificial Love of God is a Mother’s Love We believe that the love of Jesus embraces everyone and shows God’s divine love for all of us. When Jesus washes the feet of his Disciples, he » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 16:1-10John 15:18-21 Reflection: Jesus’ Tender and Redeeming Love Each year the fifty days after Easter are a kind of virtual retreat for me. You see, a long time ago when I was a student preparing for final vows with the Passionists, a classmate » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 15:22-31John 15:12-17 Reflection: Jesus said to his disciples: This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.No one has greater love than this,to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. -John 15: 12-14 I often struggle with the above simple command » Continue Reading.