30 Pieces of Silver

30 Pieces of Silver

We are all a little bit Judas. Yep, we all have something in common with one of the most infamous characters in all of human history, we all have our 30 pieces of silver. We like to think that Judas was this super evil person, this villain. But in reality, we have no idea what […]

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Our Greatest Trial Can Become Our Greatest Blessing

Our Greatest Trial Can Become Our Greatest Blessing

The first reading for Mass today ends with these words: “I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” The gospel, by comparison, sounds so negative.  What a sad account of Jesus’s betrayal by Judas.  It was also sad that Jesus knew in advance […]

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Step by step … looking for the light

Step by step … looking for the light

Lost and scattered across the lands, they longed for a champion. A savior. In the time of Isaiah, the source of our first reading today (IS 42:1-7), the people of Israel were looking for light at the end of a long tunnel. Dispersed among many nations, they felt the brunt of secular societies that demanded […]

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Solemn Beauty

Solemn Beauty

It was an unseasonably warm, February day in Washington D.C. My meetings wrapped early, so I figured I would do some sightseeing. One of the places I had always wanted to go was Arlington National Cemetery, a cemetery housing the resting places for some of the most distinguished national and military figures from our nations […]

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As the Plot Thickens…How Does Jesus Manage Stress?

As the Plot Thickens…How Does Jesus Manage Stress?

Tomorrow we begin mass with a reading of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to the sound of “Hosanna!” Today the readings tell us how Jesus handled stress as the plots against him thickened in the days just before Hosannas and what we call Holy Week. Let’s look first at how the plot thickens in today’s Gospel.  […]

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Jesus had absolute trust in God

Jesus had absolute trust in God

How many times in one day do we question the power of God? Some days it might feel like every five minutes. We question if God is really here with us. We question if God really cares about us. We question if God is supporting us at all. Whenever we walk through difficult struggles, our […]

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Why did Jesus hide? Pondering the Gospel of John

Why did Jesus hide? Pondering the Gospel of John

“So they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area.” Jesus hid? Really? Was Jesus a scaredy cat? It always amazes me to read Scripture closely and stumble upon certain scenes in the Bible or certain phrases that oddly jump off the page. Surely, I’ve read today’s […]

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Follow His Will

Follow His Will

This day commemorates the day, more than 2000 years ago, when a young Jewish girl was visited by an angel, and told she would conceive and give birth to a son. The readings today are among the most famous in the Bible, as God announces to Mary that she will bear His son. I really […]

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A Lesson in Trust and Humility

A Lesson in Trust and Humility

Let’s look at an overview of today’s reading.  Moses is out in the desert with the children of Israel.  As their patience begins to dwindle, they begin to question the Lord asking him why he has “brought them here to die”.  In response to the complaints the Lord sends serpents to earth and as a […]

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Innocence and Guilt

Innocence and Guilt

All three of the readings for mass today are very powerful.  In the first reading, a young boy named Daniel defended an innocent woman against those who accused her of adultery and had her sentenced to death.  Then in the gospel today, Jesus defended a woman who was guilty of adultery and was also sentenced […]

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