March 31, 2021

To be betrayed by someone very close is one of the worst things that can happen. It might be a betrayal of a friend, a spouse, family member, or co-worker. There is a feeling of loneliness and alienation. However, an experience of betrayal could lead us to a new way of life. It could bring […]

March 30, 2021

Tuesday of Holy Week Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified, “Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” We can well imagine how shocking this statement must have been to the disciples. Luke follows it up with the observation, “They began to debate among themselves […]

March 29, 2021

Monday of Holy Week “…Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead… his friends gave a dinner for Jesus there…and he reclined at table with them” (John 12:1-2a) Those closest to Jesus were aware that there were threats to his life. Jesus himself knew these […]

March 28, 2021

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion Recently I learned of a book series by Melanie Dunea built upon a fascinating idea. She wanted to ask famous chefs around the world, if they could choose, what would they have for their “last supper”? As you can imagine, the chefs’ responses are intriguing not only to other […]

March 27, 2021

John 11:1 states, “Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him.” As our Jewish friends begin their Passover today, we as Christian Catholics are in the middle of Lent heading toward Easter. I grew up in one of the largest Jewish communities […]

March 26, 2021

“I am” and “I do” are compelling statements. They are proclamations revealing who we are, our feelings and emotions, what kind of person we are, and how we view the world and the role we play in it. “I am” is so powerful that it appears over 300 times in scripture. Yesterday’s gospel is Mary’s […]

March 25, 2021

The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord Just over two thousand years ago, one young woman’s life was changed like none ever before her. The whole world would undergo an amazing transformation as the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was to give birth to the son of God! Mary must have been […]

March 24, 2021

But you are trying to kill me, because my word has no room among you. Imagine for a moment that you were there to experience Jesus feeding the multitudes (John 6) or witnessed the dynamic of Jesus interacting with the woman caught in adultery and the men who wanted to stone her (John 8:10). Or […]

March 23, 2021

Moses made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole, and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. This is perhaps the strangest story in the Old Testament. The idea that looking at a snake’s image would prevent one from dying from snakebite strikes one […]

March 22, 2021

Writing in the Sand When reflecting on the New Testament readings, we find connections to the Old, as it should be, for the story of salvation has a rich history from the beginning of time and continuing into the present. For instance, the story of the adulterous woman in John 8:1 tells us, “Jesus bent […]