There is a book written by William A. Barry, SJ called A Friendship Like No Other Experiencing God’s Amazing Embrace.  It is a wonderful book that I still go back to from time to time.  Recently I reread a section he titled, “Contemplating the Resurrected Jesus.”  On this Divine Mercy Sunday, I share some of […]

Christ is risen!  Alleluia! These are the victorious words we shout with gusto on this greatest of all feast days.  And yet, curiously, the Gospel reading heard on this Easter Sunday from Mark, does not mention these triumphant, victorious words.  Instead, as three women approach the tomb in order to anoint Jesus, they were astonished […]

Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. —Phil. […]

Sir, we would like to see Jesus. John 12:21 Greek pilgrims asked to see the teacher.  They reach Jesus at a critical moment, as he realizes the full implications of the mission he accepted.  In that realization, Jesus also comprehends the role his disciples will have to fulfill.  Those who wish to “see” him must […]

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. –John 3: 16 There are interpretations of the above passage from the Gospel of John that suggest that Jesus’ mission was to atone to God for human sin by […]

A Stewardship Prayer for March Lord Jesus, We journey with you this Lenten season, through prayer, fasting and almsgiving, Ever closer to Jerusalem, ever closer to your death on the cross. We hear your words: “Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me.” But we are unsure of their meaning, or anxious about their […]

Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here!” (Mk9:5) Every Lent, on the second Sunday, we hear the passage of Jesus’ Transfiguration.  Today we hear Mark’s account of the Transfiguration.  The images in the story refer to the history of Israel.  Elijah went to a mountain expecting to meet God […]