Any time you see one of us women in the parish sharing a reflection, you know you will be receiving a message with a different angle, weaving into our liturgical season a special event or experience. And so it is today.
“I am the way, the truth and the life…” Jesus says these words in answer to Thomas. Thomas is asking Jesus how they can follow him when they don’t know the way. Jesus responds with these words: “I am the way the truth and the life…” So, right away we interpret these words to mean something like: “My way is the way to heaven” or “Just follow what I have taught you.” These words do suggest that.
Mother’s Day / World Day of Prayer for Vocations / Fourth Sunday of Easter
Fr. Raymond Lafontaine, E.V.May 11, 2014
Throughout the whole Church today, we celebrate the 4th Sunday of Easter. This is also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday”, because in the Gospel, Jesus presents himself to us as the Good Shepherd who cares for his flock, who knows each of his lambs by name, who protects them from danger, who gives them “abundant life.”
“The Lord is risen, alleluia!” Today on this third Sunday after Easter we have one of the most beautiful stories of the risen Lord :the road to Emmaus. This story has been celebrated in art and literature over the centuries but for us ,its most important significance is expressed by the disciples walking along that road: “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road.” That sense of ‘our hearts burning within us’ is the response we all feel when we hear this Gospel proclaimed.
Divine Mercy / Canonization of SS. John XXIII and John Paul II / Second Sunday of Easter
Fr. Raymond Lafontaine, E.V.April 27, 2014
As we complete our Easter octave, today’s Gospel presents us with the encounter between the Risen Christ and the struggling Apostle Thomas. I have always liked Thomas. I can relate to Thomas. If ever I become Pope (a long shot, to be sure!), I think I would choose to be called Thomas. (Although now that we have Pope Francis – not to mention our two new saints this weekend, John XXIII and John Paul II – it might be hard to make up my mind!)
In the Easter Vigil Gospel, we hear these words spoken on Easter morning to the women who went to anoint the body of Jesus, but found his tomb empty. This empty tomb is the foundation of our Easter hope. Christ is risen, just as he has promised.
We have just heard these words spoken by and Angel to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, who on going to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, found his tomb empty. This empty tomb is the foundation of our Easter hope. Christ is risen, just as he has promised. Because Christ is risen, we share
Gratitude, Simplicity, and Generosity as Pathways to Joy
Fr. Raymond Lafontaine, E.V.March 9, 2014
Lent begins – as it does each year – with the familiar story of the temptations of Jesus. It’s a story we’ve heard many times before. We know the ending. But do we allow these words of Jesus to challenge us, to speak to us in the circumstances and challenges of our daily lives?