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,…

The Longing: 5th Week of Lent

United With Love: Pledged With love in his eyes, we’ve reached the end of the aisle – our forty-day pilgrimage culminates with Holy Week, which, for Eastern Catholics, is celebrated as the Week of the Bridegroom.  It’s the week in which the Church, fertile with longing, aches to receive the gift of redemption poured out from the heart of the Bridegroom who gives himself away, not in pleasure but in agony. Like the grain of…

The Longing: 4th Week of Lent

Forgiven in Love: Adored Is there not a limit beyond which the Lord’s patience and mercy are exhausted, when we’ve used up our “one last chance”? Does He not get exasperated? Is it not reasonable to think that, at some point, the scales of Divine Justice reach a tipping point that cannot be rectified? Yes, that is reasonable! But that also isn’t how the Lord deals with us. It just isn’t, and thank God! As…

The Longing: 2nd Week of Lent

Staying in Love: Practicing Last week, we reflected on the invitation that comes to us at the start of Lent from the heart of the Bridegroom – I invite you to trust me and disrobe your heart – to take off the costume of the “self-perfected disciple”, and to stand before me in vulnerability so that you may experience the profound tsunami of my love, that it may wash over and into you, and that…

The Longing: Ash Wednesday

The Encounter with Love: Pierced Have you ever noticed at weddings, when the bride is coming down the aisle, looking radiant and joyful…have you noticed how people’s heads turn back and forth, like they’re watching a tennis match? They look at her, then up at the groom, then back at her, then back to him. She is, objectively speaking, the most beautiful one there, commanding our attention, and yet, for some reason we turn our…

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…

Homily for Divine Mercy Sunday – Year A

  In the Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus, one invocation states, “Jesus, Father of the world to come…have mercy on us.”  As we continue to bask in the afterglow of the Resurrection this Easter season, let’s dive a little deeper into this title given to our Risen Savior. Our first father, Adam, passed onto us the gift of life that God gave to him.  It is life in the natural sense, according the…