The Jesus I know and love

The Triumph of the Cross of Jesus ~ and our crosses too!

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross ~ September 14, 2014  Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their […]

The Feast of Corpus Christi ~ Bread-broken and Blood-poured out for you and me!

The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christ) Sunday, June 3, 2018 Dear Friends, Today is our Roman Catholic Feast of Corpus Christi in which pause to appreciate and give thanks for the wonderful gift of the holy Eucharist. I’d like to reflect for a moment on what we Catholics believe this […]

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord ~ You are my witnesses to the ends of the earth!

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord ~ May 13, 2018 The feast of the Ascension of our Lord is part of the Easter mystery.  First is the resurrection in which Jesus conquers death for us and reveals that life for us will never end. Then there is the ascension in which Jesus is […]

The Sixth Sunday of Easter ~ No Greater Love

The Sixth Sunday of Easter ~ 2018 The selection from the gospel of St. John today is taken from the wonderful Last Discourse of  Jesus as he is reflecting with his disciples in the Upper Room at the Last Supper in the final hours before his Passion. “As the Father loves me, so I also love you, […]

The Fifth Sunday of Easter ~ Life-Surge ~ Stay connected

The Fifth Sunday of Easter ~ April 29, 2018 Jesus is so cool in the images he uses to communicate. In the gospel passage today (John 15:1-8), Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches.” (You can read the entire passage below.) Our Scripture scholar-friend William Barclay tells us that Jesus often uses images that […]

The Fourth Sunday of Easter ~ Being known and loved anyway

The Fourth Sunday of Easter ~ 2018 Dear Friends, The Fourth Sunday of Easter has my favorite story of Jesus as the Good Shepherd.  It’s my also my favorite image of Jesus. It’s the perfect image for us today. Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd.  A good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.”  […]

The Second Sunday of Easter “Peace be with You!”

The Second Sunday of Easter ~ 2018 ~ “Peace be with You!” When Jesus appeared to the apostles after the resurrection, he would greet them with the words, “Peace be with you.” They were very distressed and fearful, huddled together in the Upper Room behind locked doors. They were sad and distraught that the One they had […]