The Longing: Holy Week

I’ve never smelled rotting flesh, but I imagine Martha was not simply being stubborn or naive when she resisted the Lord’s instruction to “remove the stone” from Lazarus’ tomb. After all, he had been in there already four days – death had claimed his mortal body, it seems, because Jesus deliberately delayed his return journey to Bethany. In the ancient world, the custom was, in order to keep scavenging animals from feasting on mortal remains,…

Reflection for Easter Sunday

  How our world, our modern day culture, is in need of Easter’s Redemption! We live in a world where love and happiness are so often confused and drained of their true value. Love is often reduced to a thing of convenience or a fortunate emotion. Happiness is most often mistaken with a feeling to be fancied in the moment or having all of our indulgences met. As we celebrate the great mystery of Easter,…

Reflection for Holy Saturday

    Have you ever been to the funeral visitation of a loved one and looked at their face and thought, “they look just like they are sleeping.” While they may appear peaceful there is also the sadness of knowing that their silence and stillness is not merely a temporary state from which they can be awaken. I wonder what Our Lady, St. John, Joseph of Arimathea thought when they looked at the face of…

Reflection for Good Friday

St. Paul refers to Jesus as the visible image of the invisible God (Col. 1:16).  St John calls him the Word made flesh that, clothed in human vesture, reveals visibly the invisible mystery and glory of the all-powerful God.  His face, His every gesture, transfers into my visible world the invisible mystery of the Divine Godhead.  As St John Paul II wrote, as a central theme of the Theology of the Body, “The body, in…

Reflection for Holy Thursday

  “This is my body that is for you.” Profoundly simply, these words of Christ relayed to us by Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians claims the fundamental purpose of Christ, a perfect gift of Himself, body and soul. In the words of the Eucharist prayer for this night in the liturgical year we find the purpose of so great a gift, “On the day before he was to suffer for our salvation…