Bloody Redemption

Pentecost 5First reading: 2 Sam. 1:1, 17-27; Ps. 130Alternate: Wis. 1:13-15, 2:23-24or Lam. 3:21-33; Ps. 302 Cor. 8:7-15 • Mark 5:21-43Blood. For twelve years it had been blood, day after day, without any ... Read more...

Tree of Life

Pentecost 3First reading: 1 Sam. 15:34-16:13; Ps. 20Alternate: Ez. 17:22-24; Ps. 92:1-4, 11-142 Cor. 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17 • Mark 4:26-34In his parables of the kingdom, Jesus speaks with striking audacity. In ... Read more...

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...