Tag Archive | William Barclay

The King became utterly poor for you and me!

Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ April 9, 2017 Dear Friends, All is ready now for the final days of our Lenten journey with Jesus.   The drama of the Paschal Mystery will  be re-enacted  once again in  parishes throughout the world.  I have loved the liturgy of Holy Week since […]

The Fidelity of Jesus ~ May we be faithful too!

The First Sunday of Lent ~The Fidelity of Jesus ~ March 5th, 2017 This is a story about fidelity in the face of temptation. This is a story about the Jesus I know and love. Before I get into my own thoughts on this important opening story in the life of our Lord, I’d like to […]

Rejoice! The Lord is near!

The Third Sunday of Advent ~ December 11, 2016 In our Catholic liturgical calendar this is “Gaudete Sunday — the Sunday of Joy.    We’re halfway through Advent and the vestment color is Rose, rather than purple, the color of penitence.  So, we may see the celebrant in rose vestments. This is supposed to be a […]

The Fifth Sunday of Easter ~ Love one another as I have loved you!

The Fifth Sunday of Easter “I give you a new commandment—Love one another as I have loved you.” The scene is the Last Supper . . . . When Judas had left them, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him . […]

I’ve been to the mountain

The Second Sunday of Lent ~ February 21, 2016 Jesus takes Peter, James and John to a mountaintop and there they have ~ well ~ a “peak” experience extraordinaire.  It’s a great story.  It contrasts with last week’s story of Jesus in the desert being tempted by the devil.  Today Jesus is receiving a wonderful […]

The herald of the King

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT As we examine the gospel of Luke this year, we see that for this gospel writer, the emergence of John the Baptist was one of the hinges on which history turned. He dramatically dates it in six different ways.  Here’s the text . . . In the fifteenth year of […]

Life Surge

THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Dear Friends, 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 […]