Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion • We have no idea how much God suffers, because we have no idea how much God loves us. Our sin separates us from God. So Jesus takes our sins and buries them in the tomb. “I love you this much,” says Jesus, and he stretches out his hands and dies for you.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper • Every Catholic priest is descended from the Last Supper. Though none of us are worthy we all share in the priesthood of Jesus Christ. In a different but no less important way, every Christian shares in the priesthood of Jesus Christ. Christ continues to be present through the Eucharist and through charity. His presence is an invitation. Before you take from His table ask yourself: am I prepared to return the gift — will I lay down my life?
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion (Year A) • Palm Sunday: Our peaceful King lays down His life for us. Instead of branches and cloaks we should lay down our lives for Him.
Passion Reading: The church won’t let us celebrate the joy of Palm Sunday without the sadness of the Passion reading. Holy Mother Church wants us to see that we cannot separate Jesus the King from Jesus the Crucified. We can only come to the triumph of the Resurrection if we are willing to endure the defeat of the Crucifixion. Everyone wants to celebrate Easter, but how many are willing to celebrate Good Friday?Read More
Why do bad things happen to good people? That question is at the heart of The Shack. It’s a movie about a father, Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) wrestling with a terrible family tragedy. The tragedy has rocked Mack’s faith and sent him into a depression. One day a mysterious letter arrives inviting him to a weekend at the very site where the tragedy occurs. There he literally meets God and gets to ask God all the questions we’ve always wondered.Read More
Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year A) • Jesus shows up too late. But it’s never too late for Jesus. The whole world will know that Jesus is Lord when he returns on the last day and call us each by name, “Tommy, come out!” Christian funerals are all about looking forward to the Resurrection and preparing our loved ones to rise again. This is why we don’t scatter the ashes or turn them into jewelry. We bury our loved ones, mark them with a cross, and pray for their resurrection.
We don’t have to wait until the end to experience the power of the Resurrection. Show Jesus where you are struggling, roll away the stone, and let Jesus in. The Kingdom that’s coming is already here.Read More
Second Sunday of Lent • God gave his people the path through Moses. Through Elijah and the prophets God kept them on the path. This path leads to Jesus. Now we only need one booth because all you need is Jesus. Do you really believe that? Then start spending 10 minutes a day in prayer. Listen to Him and you will be transfigured.
First Sunday of Lent (Year A) • When we try to make a positive step in our lives, we can expect temptation. How can we resist it? Adam and Eve rely on themselves. Even Jesus is not strong enough to resist temptation. He wins because he turns to God every time. Temptation is coming for you this Lent. Where will you turn?
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time • Jesus reminds us that we are God’s children. Today we are reminded that God is a good father, not an overbearing father nor an absent father. Why do we miss the providence of God? When we get focused on immediate needs, we lose sight of God’s presence in our lives. Keep your eyes on your Father and the other stuff will fall into place.Read More