Easter Season

Second Sunday of Easter - Year B

I have to be honest, I wasn’t entirely successful in my Lenten promises. I was hoping to enter Easter with a renewed sense of accomplishment. However, because of my missteps, and good intentions gone awry, I was confronted by what I could not do. I was humbled. I felt defeated ...but then I remembered a line from one of my favorite artists. In his song, Anthem, Leonard Cohen sings: There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.

Fifth Sunday of Easter - Year A

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled.” (Jn 14:1) Don’t let them? Do I have control if my heart gets troubled or not?

It is easy for Jesus to say that I shouldn’t let my heart get troubled as I experience the death of a close relative or friend, as I myself have a serious ailment or I experience the serious sickness of someone close to me, as I deal with an addiction-my own or someone else’s, as I experience a divorce, as my parents are fighting, or as I am out of work. How can I prevent myself in these situations and many others from being troubled?

Sixth Sunday of Easter - Year C

Jesus tells us in today’s gospel for the sixth Sunday of Easter, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.” Is Jesus referring to a type of peace that is different from the world? Or is it the way in which he leaves peace as a gift that is so different from the world? Let’s look at both questions separately.

Fifth Sunday of Easter - Year C

“I give you a new commandment: love one another.”

These words are certainly among the most famous the Lord ever spoke; but just as certainly they present us with a problem: How can Jesus command us to love? Doesn’t love just happen? It wells up from some secret place, quick and fresh, and floods our hearts and swamps our minds, sweeping reason and resolve before its fierce winds? How can such a force of nature be commanded? Yes, Christ could walk upon waves and quiet winds; but can he decree that we must do likewise?