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Vine and Branches

Acts 9:26–31

1 Jn 3:18–24

Jn 15:1–8

The Easter message of life in the risen Christ continues in today’s gospel of the vine and the branches. Apart from Jesus the vine, there can be no Spirit-life for his disciples. The letter of John reminds us…


Jesus, The Model Shepherd

Acts 4:8–12

1 Jn 3:1–2

Jn 10:11–18

The reading today from John’s gospel presents Jesus as the model shepherd in his spirit of dedication and willingness to surrender his life for his sheep. The letter of John speaks of the graced outcome of the shepherd’s…


Exhortation to Repentance

Acts 3:13–15, 17–19

1 Jn 2:1–5

Lk 24:35–48

The resurrection has much more than apologetic value. Inasmuch as it effects the forgiveness of sins, it is redemptive. Today all three readings emphasize repentance. At the conclusion of his strongly worded address to the Jews, the…


Community of Believers in Christ

Readings

Acts 4:32–35

1 Jn 5:1–6

Jn 20:19–31

The Sunday readings during the Easter cycle take a different tack. They are not woven together in the way to which we are accustomed. All three readings deal with the effects of the resurrection both on the individual…


Acts 10:34, 37–43

Col 3:1–4

Jn 20:1–9

In his first contact with the Gentile world, Peter presents the Christian kerygma, the “good news” of Jesus. He highlights the resurrection to which he personally attests. The gospel gives us the Johannine account of Peter and…


An icon, paint on wood. Jesus on a donkey entering Jerusalem. His disciples stand alongside his path as he enters the city.
Jesus Entering Jerusalem — Icon of Vatopedi Monastery, Mount Athos

Mk 11:1–10

Is 50:4–7

Phil 2:6–11

Mk 14:1–15:47

Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is simpler and less elaborate than in the other synoptics. Bethphage and Bethany (v 1) were towns close to Jerusalem; the Mount of Olives ringed…


Orthodox icon of the prophet Jeremiah.
The prophet Jeremiah — Orthodox icon by Dimitry Shkolnik

Jer 31:31–34

Heb 5:7–9

Jn 12:20–33

The successful outcome of God’s salvific plan appears in all three readings today. In the midst of exile and dispersion, Jeremiah sows the seeds of hope with God’s promise of a new and more effective covenant. The authors…


Jesus and Nicodemus sitting on a house roof at night, talking.
Jesus and Nicodemus — Henry Ossawa Tanner

2 Chr 36:14–17, 19–23

Eph 2:4–10

Jn 3:14–21

Only the exodus from Egypt was more strongly emblazoned on the Israelite psyche than the return to Jerusalem after the exile. The chronicler retells this latter story of deliverance today. Christ in John’s gospel speaks of…


Medieval painting of Paul talking to Christians in Corinth
Paul preaching to Christians in Corinth

Ex 20:1–17

1 Cor 1:22–25

Jn 2:13–25

The new covenant was more than a fulfillment; in its own way it was a revolution. One of the basic expressions of the former covenant was the decalogue, commonly referred to as the ten commandments…


Old hand-colored print of Abraham walking with his son, Isaac toward the place of sacrifice.
Abraham and his son, Isaac

Gen 22:1–2, 9, 10–13, 15–18

Rom 8:31–34

Mk 9:2–10

Christian tradition has long seen in the moving Genesis story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac a type of the relationship between God and his Son Jesus. This is alluded to in today’s gospel…

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Retired for ages now. Graduate degrees in philosophy and Catholic theology.

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