Easter Sunday

The Gospel reading traditionally proclaimed on Easter Sunday is John 20: 1-9.  In and of itself, this is a passage that is exciting and hopeful, yet puzzling and incomplete. Mary Magdalene was startled when she found the stone rolled back … Continue reading

Holy Saturday

My two grandchildren stayed with me for a week when their parents were on a cruise to celebrate my son’s 40th birthday.  Every night after dinner, the children would dictate an e-mail letter to their parents.  One evening my six-year … Continue reading

Good Friday

In heaven, love will be pure joy, but here there is an inextricable link between love and suffering. This is because every choice to turn away from God and his loving will introduces a deeper rift between us and the … Continue reading

Holy Thursday

“Do this in memory of me.” At the Last Supper, Jesus demonstrates God’s love in two distinct ways. After each action, he commands his disciples to continue doing what he has done. St. Paul offers the earliest account of Jesus … Continue reading

Wednesday of Holy Week

A woman’s lavish anointing of her beloved immediately precedes Matthew’s account of the betrayal of Jesus.  Although Jesus proclaimed that “what she has done will be told in remembrance of her,” Matthew does not reveal her name.  Who can’t identify … Continue reading

Tuesday of Holy Week

“Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow me later.” Last week I was at breakfast with two friends, one a faithful man, preacher of 50+ years and a younger woman who spoke about saying … Continue reading

Monday of Holy Week

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? ” Psalm 27: 1 The woman who anointed Jesus was uninvited as only men gathered in public to dine. She was brash and bold in her need to … Continue reading

Palm Sunday of Our Lord’s Passion

We have been reflecting all throughout Lent on how to change, how to improve, and how to get closer to God. In short, we have been reflecting on how to love God and neighbor as God has commanded us to … Continue reading

Saturday of the Fifth Sunday of Lent

Jealousy and fear are fellow travelers, bonded in the many places they invade. Today they are on display in the Gospel reading: “some went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.” So why does the good often … Continue reading

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

“I AM A MAN” Fifty years ago at this precise time in March, sanitation strikes were happening in my hometown of Memphis. Over one hundred people, students, (nearly a quarter of them were white) sanitation workers, including ministers had been … Continue reading

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

In today’s first reading, God establishes a covenant with Abraham wherein he establishes a relationship that shall exist forever and be inherited by his descendants throughout the ages to come.  The covenant represented an agreement between God and all human … Continue reading

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Liberation is never easy. Ask the People of Israel who journeyed for forty years in the desert.  Ask anyone who has ever had to deal with the terrible struggle to be free of addiction … or people in Third World … Continue reading

Fifth Sunday of Lent

What were those Greeks looking for when they were seeking out Jesus? It’s hard to say. First, we don’t know what they were hoping to find in Jerusalem during the Passover.  Chances are they didn’t know either.  Perhaps these spiritual … Continue reading