Sent as a Witness

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Year A Scrutiny readings, click here! We often hear people ask “Why do bad things happen to good people?” I can think of a lot of reasons why, but Jesus gives us an answer in the Scrutiny Year A readings which are optional for this Sunday. Jesus says thatContinue reading “Sent as a Witness”

Almsgiving: the Third Pillar of Lent

Almsgiving as a Pillar of LentI feel like almsgiving, or giving alms, is one of the most often forgotten pillar of Lent. Like I mentioned in last week’s fasting post, it seems like we’re more preoccupied by what we’re giving up for Lent. Almsgiving requires us to look outside ourselves and give to others. TheContinue reading “Almsgiving: the Third Pillar of Lent”

With the Woman at the Well

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! The Woman at the Well is one of my favorite Gospel passages. It’s close to my heart, and it has a lot of wisdom in it. Jesus uses the image of living water in His longest recorded conversation in the Bible, and it’s with aContinue reading “With the Woman at the Well”

This Sunday’s Gospel: February 14, 2021

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! I love seeing how the different Mass readings connect. In the first reading, we see how lepers were exiled from their community. They would live isolated from everyone else, and when they were around others, they would make sure everyone knew they had leprosy byContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: February 14, 2021”

Sharing in Our Lady’s Sorrows

And you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. Luke 2:35 I meditate on the Seven Sorrows of Mary, and I find myself on the outside looking in. I’m not a mother yet, so I can’t relate to losing a child. I’ve never watched one of myContinue reading “Sharing in Our Lady’s Sorrows”

An Open Thank-You to FOCUS

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42 To all FOCUS missionaries, especially Becca, Emily, Jacob, Thomas, JD, Brian, Courtney, Maddi, Molly, and Peter, who served at SRU, and Shannon, my friend from SRU who said yes to FOCUS. Moving in with FOCUSItContinue reading “An Open Thank-You to FOCUS”

3 Reasons Why I Love Flowers

If a little flower could speak, it seems to me that it would tell us quite simply all that God has done for it. St Therese of Lisieux May is here, and I love the flowers that come with this lovely spring season. Everywhere I look, I see vibrant tulips and playful dandelions. The worldContinue reading “3 Reasons Why I Love Flowers”

This Sunday’s Gospel: April 26, 2020

Luke 24:13-35 That very day, the first day of the week,two of Jesus’ disciples were goingto a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,but their eyes were prevented fromContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: April 26, 2020”

This Sunday’s Gospel: April 5, 2020

Matthew 26:14-27:66 One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over. On theContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: April 5, 2020”

This Sunday’s Gospel: March 22, 2020

John 9:1-41 As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him. We have toContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: March 22, 2020”