Archive for March, 2016

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The Resurrection of the Lord

March 27, 2016

MARY & PETER

This homily includes a reflection by Leanna Cappiello, since after all, it is women who are there at the empty tomb.  Over the past year, I have learned a great deal about the feminine genius, and if there was ever a time to give voice to that, it seems like the Resurrection is that moment.

After all, there is a question inherit in the Gospel that I would like to hear the answer to – one I cannot answer on my own – what was it like for the women at the tomb?

So enjoy this perspective of Mary and Peter – two people in love with Jesus who model for us, even to this day, what it means to give witness to the risen Lord.

May the Lord bless you this Easter season, Alleluia, Alleluia!

CLICK HERE for the readings for the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Sunday) (Acts 10:34, 37-43; Psalm 118; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-9)

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Mass of Our Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday)

March 25, 2016

WHAT YOU CANNOT UNDERSTAND

Simon Peter said to Jesus, “Master, are you going to wash my feet?” And Jesus answered, “What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.”

How often Jesus says this to his disciples (and thus to us). . . .

It makes us nervous does it not? Being asked to do what we do not understand? The problem is that we no longer accept what we do not know like we used to, and our children even less so. I am convinced it is one of the unexamined consequences of Google and the internet. What we do not know, we do not have to tolerate for long – as the answers are just a few keywords away. But the problem with this, among many, is that our search is based on keywords that we make up and control. Thus, the fruit of our search is rather. . . predetermined . . . by our own comfort zone.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the Mass of Our Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday) (Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14; Psalm 116; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-15)

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 13, 2016

PAST OR POTENTIAL

Our readings this weekend as us a simple question: Why do we worry about the past. . .

For we hear from Isaiah, “Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; see, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? In the desert I make a way, in the wasteland, there are now rivers.”

You see, God is much more interested in your future than your past, but the question is: are you? Do you allow yourself to be defined by what you have done, or what you might do?

Remember how last week, we said forgiveness can be a terrifying experience? Today’s readings are the embodiment of this.   Forgiveness demands conversion – there is no choice here. Forgiveness is about the past, but conversion is about your potential. We cannot have one without the other, for if there is no conversion, then you have not yet found forgiveness.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the Fifth Sunday in Lent (Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:8-14; John 8:1-11)

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 6, 2016

FORGIVENESS IS TERRIFYING

In her book Woman and the Word, Sandra Schnieders writes that this parable, which we all know so well, actually constitutes a radical challenge to patriarchy (and I would add traditional understandings of authority and relationship). She writes, “The divine father, who had been understood as the ultimate justification of human patriarchy, is revealed as the one who refuses to own us, demand our submission, or punish our rebellion. Rather, God is the one who respects our freedom, mourns our alienation, waits patiently for our return, and accepts our love as pure gift.

In the parable God tries to educate the older brother, and through him all disciples who prefer the security of the law to the adventure of grace.” And in doing so he also heals the traditional understanding of authority.

But even now, I think we still have to learn this lesson for how many of us prefer the security of law to the adventure of grace? We want control, but what we need is surrender. For only then do we know true freedom – only then do we experience mercy.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the Fourth Sunday in Lent (Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 34; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)