Fourth Sunday of Easter

The Feeling of Christ-given Joy Saint John 16:16-22 We know of Christians who place a great deal of value and worth on emotion in their worship and Christian lives. Their pastors craft sermons in such a way as to excite the feelings and sentiment in those who hear them preach. Shouts of “Amen!” and “Hallelujah!”[…]

Third Sunday of Easter

A Shepherd for Straying Sheep Saint John 10:11-16 Somewhere around twenty-seven hundred years ago, the prophet Isaiah wrote, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way.” The Apostle Peter today echoes those words, saying, “For you were straying like sheep.” I’ve been told that it is of[…]

Second Sunday of Easter

The Divine Mercy of Jesus Saint John 20:19-31 Certain Sundays in the Church Year seem to have a lot of different names by which they are known. Maybe you remember my little rant about the name of Palm Sunday and how, in addition to Palm Sunday, it could also be called Palmarum, or Sunday of[…]

Easter Sunday

I Know That My Redeemer Lives! Saint Mark 16:1-8 I know that my Redeemer lives! Indeed, what comfort this sweet sentence gives! Yes, we are comforted, dear friends, for we know that because He lives, we shall live also. This is the message of Easter, the message proclaimed from of old, as we heard from[…]

Good Friday

God’s Wondrous Love For You Isaiah 52:13-53:12 About seven hundred years before Christ, the prophet Isaiah foretold the death of one whom he calls “a man of sorrows.” The Church also refers to this man of sorrows as “the suffering servant,” because the Lord God, speaking through Isaiah, calls Him His servant, and it’s clear,[…]

Maundy Thursday

The Never-ending Supper Saint John 13:1-35 In 1495, three years after Columbus “sailed the ocean blue” in ’92, Leonardo da Vinci began work on a mural on the refectory wall of the Convent of Sancta Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. This famous painting is called The Last Supper. I’m sure you all know it—can[…]