Subscribe via RSS Feed Connect on Pinterest Connect on Google Plus Connect on Flickr Connect on YouTube

Easter

“And in the Morning Watch, the Lord … Cast a Glance” – A Meditation on the Look of the Lord

May 28, 2017 1 Comment
“And in the Morning Watch, the Lord … Cast a Glance” – A Meditation on the Look of the Lord

Lest the Easter Season slip away and I miss the chance, I would like to look back on a reading from the Easter Vigil. There is indeed an astonishing verse in the Exodus account, which was read at the Easter Vigil. The Lord has parted the waters of the Red Sea by a strong eastern […]

Continue Reading »

What Does Jesus Mean When He Says, “I Am Ascending”?

April 30, 2017 2 Comments
What Does Jesus Mean When He Says, “I Am Ascending”?

Even as Easter moves swiftly on, it is valuable to ponder some of the puzzling aspects of the resurrection. In this, St. Thomas Aquinas remains our teacher, along with the Fathers of the Church whom he references. Let’s explore the enigmatic statement of our Lord Jesus to Mary Magdalene: Do not cling to me, for […]

Continue Reading »

Mass on the Move – A Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter

April 29, 2017 2 Comments
Mass on the Move – A Homily for the Third Sunday of Easter

In today’s Gospel we encounter two discouraged and broken men making their way to Emmaus. The text describes them as “downcast.” That is to say, their eyes are cast on the ground, their heads are hung low. Their Lord and Messiah has been killed, the one they had thought would finally liberate Israel. Some women […]

Continue Reading »

Why Did the Lord Appear to the Women Before the Apostles?

April 25, 2017 12 Comments
Why Did the Lord Appear to the Women Before the Apostles?

It is curious that upon rising from the dead the Lord appeared to Mary Magdalene and other women before appearing to the Apostles, His chosen witnesses. It is even stranger that He sent the women to the Apostles as witnesses, given that women were not considered valid witnesses at that time. Indeed, the Apostles do […]

Continue Reading »

Pondering Some of the Teachings of the Easter Vigil in its Afterglow

April 18, 2017 3 Comments
Pondering Some of the Teachings of the Easter Vigil in its Afterglow

The Easter Vigil so recently celebrated provides a rich fare for reflection. Alas, its memories pass so quickly. The shadowy yet wonderful Easter Vigil is the greatest and most elaborate liturgy of the Church year. Due to its length and late hour, many Catholics have never rejoiced in the somber glow of its initial moments […]

Continue Reading »

The Journey of Mary Magdalene to Resurrection Faith

April 17, 2017 3 Comments
The Journey of Mary Magdalene to Resurrection Faith

All of the resurrection stories depict the Apostles and other disciples on a journey of sorts to understand the resurrection. A completely new reality was breaking into their world and challenging their understanding. Far from depicting the disciples as credulous, the texts describe them as shocked, troubled, and even quite dubious. These were not men […]

Continue Reading »

A Meditation on the Hiddenness of the Resurrection

April 16, 2017 4 Comments
A Meditation on the Hiddenness of the Resurrection

There is something of a hidden quality to the resurrection appearances that has always puzzled me. St. Peter gives voice to this when he says to Cornelius, God raised Jesus from the dead on the third day and granted that he be visible, not to all people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God […]

Continue Reading »

Back to the Future – A Meditation on the Gospel for the Third Sunday of Easter

April 9, 2016 20 Comments
Back to the Future – A Meditation on the Gospel for the Third Sunday of Easter

Today’s Gospel is really quite remarkable. For despite the fact that the apostles have seen the resurrected Jesus several times now, they seem to be retreating into the past. They’re headed backwards and Jesus must summon them, if you’ll pardon the expression, “back to the future.” They were going back to fishing but the Lord […]

Continue Reading »