How quickly those days with Jesus after he rose from the dead must have passed for his disciples. How amazed the apostles were, and yet how painful it must have been for the apostles when he summoned them to the mountain and told them that he was leaving them andRead More →

On the eve of His execution, during His Last Supper with His disciples, Jesus prepared His Apostles for the work they would do after His Passion, Death and Resurrection. He assured them, “I will not leave you orphans.” The word “orphan” brings up images of pain and sorrow as weRead More →

Today, as the Gospel of the Good Shepherd is proclaimed, Jesus reminds the Church that the voice we need to hear, above all the other voices in society – is the voice of the Good Shepherd. Jesus tells us today: “I am the Good Shepherd: I am the sheep gate.”Read More →

Today, we hear the account of two disciples walking along, not in a hurry, not noticing other travelers that passed them by as they made their way along the road to Emmaus. It was the late afternoon of Easter Sunday. The two disciples with heads bowed were deeply engrossed inRead More →

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER The reading from the Acts of the Apostles today describes the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Apostolic Church as thousands of people became converts. Through belief in the name of Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, manyRead More →

Tonight, as we celebrate this Easter vigil, by word and song and light and water. The church comes to life. Sixteen centuries ago, Saint Augustine called the Easter Vigil the “Mother of all vigils,” the most beautiful liturgy in the entire church year. This was a night of vigil forRead More →

It was preparation day – the day on which the Jewish high-priest slaughtered the Passover lambs for the Feast of Passover – the feast celebrating the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. It was a Friday: the city of Jerusalem was filled with people buying and sellingRead More →

Gathering for this mass of Holy Thursday, we join Christians all over the world as we visit the upper room in Jerusalem to remember all that Jesus said and did on the night before He laid down His life for us. We have listened to the Apostle, St. John, asRead More →

In the Gospel today, Saint John reports the seventh and final Miracle which Jesus worked on his way to Jerusalem and the Cross. This was the Miracle which infuriated the priests and the leaders: the Miracle, which led to his arrest, trial and crucifixion. On the Tuesday before Palm Sunday,Read More →

In the gospel today on this feast of the Holy Family, we hear the rich story of the flight into Egypt. Joseph is the man who is deeply committed to his family. He is willing to take great risks, endure tremendous hardships, become homeless and a refugee for the sakeRead More →