While the disciples gathered together to hear from two of them about their encounter with Jesus on the road to Emmaus, Jesus came to them and stood in their midst, and greeted them with a greeting of peace. Luke's Gospel account tells us those present reacted with terror and were startled at the appearance of the Risen Lord. For a reflection from Luke's Gospel account please click on the image. Peace be with you!
The image we use for today's Gospel reflection is one of my favorite paintings from one of my favorite artists, Caravaggio. The "Incredulity of Saint Thomas" is captured beautifully by the artist and is also a subject from the twentieth chapter of John's Gospel. The Gospel writer gives us so much to reflect on. Be not afraid! Jesus is waiting for you when you find nothing else in this world satisfies you. For a reflection from John's Gospel account please click on the image. Peace be with you!
It's a stubborn point in fact that Christians profess the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This story is so familiar to us that we can sometimes lose sight of how stunning it must have been for Jesus' closest disciples to arrive at his burial place, only to find an empty tomb. For, as the Gospel writer John points out, they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead (Jn 20:9). Yet, what today we may take for granted, these same disciples - these Apostles of Jesus Christ - would later lay down their lives for the truth of what they believed, for the truth of what they professed, for the truth of who they would come to know as died, buried, and risen from the dead. The Christian martyrs down through the centuries are the heroic witnesses of this Profession of Faith. Jesus Christ invites each of us - He invites all of us - to new life. We begin by opening our hearts to him in the mystery of the Resurrection. Two-thousand years later there are many who, for whatever reasons, do not believe, they do not profess, they do not yet recognize with the eyes of faith. But we, by virtue of our baptism, are called to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ, truly risen from the dead for the salvation of the world, to the world that still lives in darkness. Jesus is the Light of the World. Easter morning he opened heaven for the salvation of all who come to believe in him. Be not afraid! Jesus is waiting for you when you find nothing else in this world satisfies you. For a Gospel reflection from John's account of the empty tomb please click on the image. Peace be with you!
Today is Palm Sunday, which begins the holiest week of the year for Christians. The Gospel reading we hear in the Liturgy of the Word at Mass tells the Passion narrative, this year from the Gospel of Mark. As we enter Holy Week, let us reflect on the subtleties of the familiar story that culminates Easter Day. Let us not lose sight of each day this week, of each story line, of each character because Holy Week gives us the chance to reflect upon our own lives, to walk alongside Jesus, and to see ourselves within this Theo-drama. For a Gospel reflection from the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark, please click on the image. Peace be with you!
Today is the fifth Sunday of Lent, a day we call Passion Sunday, which begins the last two weeks of Lent, a time also known as Passiontide. The Gospel reading we hear in the Liturgy of the Word at Mass tells the story of the hour that has long been anticipated by the Prophets; for Jesus answers Andrew and Phillip, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified." As we enter the fifth week of Lent, today's readings are meant to remind us that the days are coming, as we read from the Prophet Jeremiah, when the Lord will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah; a covenant not like the one of their fathers; rather, it will be a law placed and written upon the hearts of man (cf. Jer 31:31-34). Today's Mass readings direct our attention once more to the fulfillment of God's promise we find in Jesus Christ. Let us continue our Lenten journey; let us open our hearts to Jesus. As Catholics we are invited each day to participate in the celebration of the Mass, to deepen our knowledge and understanding of scripture. It is in knowing God's word - letting his Word be written in our hearts - where we will encounter the complete and total fulfillment of God's promise: that he will be our God, and we will be his people (Ez 37:27) - and blessed are we indeed who are called to the Supper of the Lamb. It is here where heaven and earth collide and we meet Jesus in the Eucharist. Be not afraid! Jesus is waiting for you when you find nothing else in this world satisfies you. For a Gospel reflection from John 12:20-33 please click on the image. Peace be with you!