Sunday's Readings

Protoevangelium

Pentecost 2First reading: 1 Sam. 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15); Ps. 138Alternate: Gen. 3:8-15; Ps. 1302 Cor. 4:13-5:1 • Mark 3:20-35The Fathers called it the Protoevangelium, the first whisper of the Gospe... Read more...

Glory

It’s hard to talk about God. We live in a world where words are slippery and promises contingent.

Reconstruction

Day of PentecostActs 2:1-21 or Ezek. 37:1-14Ps. 104:25-35,37Rom. 8:22-27 or Acts 2:1-21John 15:26,26; 16:4b-15On this sacred day, the breath of the Lord, coming as violent wind, flickering tongues of fire, nati... Read more...

The Testimony

Easter 7Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 • Ps. 1John 5:9-13 • John 17:6-19The addition of Matthias to the remaining eleven following Judas’s betrayal of Jesus underscores the providential necessity of restoring the number t... Read more...

The Obedience of Love

Easter 6Acts 10:44-48 • Ps. 981 John 5:1-6 • John 15:9-17Knowing that the grace of the Holy Spirit had fallen upon foreign nations, hearing them speak in tongues and glorifying God, Peter responds. Indeed, “he ... Read more...

Love Pours

Easter 5Acts 8:26-40 • Ps. 22:24-301 John 4:7-21 • John 15:1-8The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise my love, my fair one, and come away. The garden is ... Read more...

The Shepherd

Easter 4Acts 4:5-12 • Ps. 231 John 3:16-24 • John 10:11-18A good shepherd is committed to his sheep. He lets his résumé lapse and covets nothing imagined to be richer and greener. He pitches his tent like the W... Read more...

Baptismal Bees

Easter 3Acts 3:12-19 • Ps. 41 John 3:1-7 • Luke 24:36b-48In the Acts of the Apostles, the disciples begin to do what Jesus did; his life in them, they replicate his actions, though being careful to confess that... Read more...

The Heart of the Multitude

Easter 2Acts 4:32-35 • Ps. 1331 John 1:1-2:2 • John 20:19-31A quick conversion illustrated: the enthroned ego leading a chaotic life is replaced by an enthroned Christ who puts one’s daily agenda in manageable ... Read more...

‘Mary!’

Easter DayActs 10:34-43 or Isa. 25:6-9Ps. 118:1-2, 14-241 Cor. 15:1-11 or Acts 10:34-43John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8Throw the seed of the Resurrection along the path, but do not expect the blade, the ear, and the... Read more...