Posts from May 2020

Posts from May 2020

Christ at Mass Reflection (May 31, 2020)

Come, Holy Spirit, come. On Pentecost we can wonder what it must have been like for the first followers of Jesus gathered in the Upper Room, waiting and praying for the Advocate, whom Jesus had promised before he ascended. No appointed time. No details. Morale had to be mixed as Mary, the apostles, and others kept each other going with food, camaraderie, and prayer. Then the moment arrived. A strong, driving wind and tongues as of fire. What an experience!…

Mass Reflection (May 24, 2020)

The cross of Jesus Christ is at the heart of our Christian faith. Christ offered the sacrifice by which we are offered forgiveness for sins and union with God. But the work of God doesn’t stop there. The Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday shows us that the mission continues. Easter is our promise of resurrection and eternal life. The Church gives us the Easter season to help us remember the history. After that first Easter Sunday Christ spent forty days with the apostles (Acts…

Christ at Mass Reflection (May 17, 2020)

This Sunday, the first reading is from the Acts of the Apostles. In this account, Luke shares the miraculous actions of the Evangelist, Philip. Philip, you may remember from last Sunday’s reading, was one of the seven deacons appointed to serve the poor in the early Christian church.  Philip served the needy and, also preached the Word of God. He was a dynamic evangelist and traveled to Samaria, an area area in central Palestine. In this place,  he brought healing…

Mass Reflection (May 17, 2020)

I was raised by very devote Southern Baptists parents. I entered the Catholic Church in 1995 by a series of experiences that would be a long story and better left for another reflection. In 1996 I was asked to help with our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program by which non-Catholics (as I was) enter the Church. During an orientation meeting for parishioners who would help with the program, the priest asked a question, “what is a sacrament?”  I had…

Christ at Mass Reflection (May 10, 2020)

The first words in today’s gospel are “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Pretty interesting words at a time when we all have health, family, employment and/or financial stresses to deal with as a result of Covid 19. So, how do we not let our hearts be troubled during these strange times?  Let me suggest two ways. Times like this, when we are deprived of things we are used to doing or having, can either solicit resentment for the…

Mass Reflection (May 10, 2020)

During the Easter Season we hear St. John’s Gospel at our Masses a lot, both Sundays and Weekdays.  We remember that the focus of Lent and Easter is the Triduum, the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ.  Of the four gospels St John gives us the most extensive description of that time.  Just take the Last Supper as an example, Matthew, Mark, and Luke write only about a page of description (Matthew 26:17 – 29, Mark 14:12 – 25, Luke…
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