The Word is Life

Magic and the Resurrection of Christ

Here is a link to the Easter Vigil Readings. Here is a link to the readings for Easter Day. From the time I was a kid, I loved magic. The best gift anyone could give me was a magic kit or a...

He Sent Two of His Disciples

Here is a link to this week’s readings. Recently, I attended a community theater production of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town. (It is being performed frequently this year in honor of its 80th anniversary.) In Act II, Mrs. Gibbs...

Like Sands Through the Hourglass

Here is a link to this week’s readings. “Like sands through the hour glass, so are the days of our lives.” Those of you who follow soap operas will recognize that sentence right away. I have never watched soaps, but even...

The American Babylonian Captivity

Don't forget to Spring Ahead this weekend! Here is a link to this week’s readings. The school shooting in Parkland, Florida left 17 people dead and 14 injured, mostly teenagers. Again, the nation is mourning, and families and friends are devastated. After...

Taking the Temple to the People

Here is a link to this week’s readings. When the Second Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D., it seemed to the early Christians to confirm the passing of the Old Law and the inauguration of the New, which required no more...

Racism and Transfiguration

Here is a link to this weekend's readings. As we continue the penitential season of Lent, it is appropriate that we are also celebrating Black History Month. The Church in the United States has yet to effectively proclaim the Gospel in...

Love Remains!

Here is a link to this week's readings. This past week, Latin Rite Catholics and many other Christians began their Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday. (Our Eastern Catholic family began Great Lent two days earlier on “Clean Monday,” and our Orthodox...

Outcasts Then and Now

Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. I have a friend who is HIV positive. Had he been born ten years earlier, he would probably be dead now. Fortunately, advances in science and medicine—and access to treatment—have allowed him to...

Holding on to Hope

Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. George Bernard Shaw once observed that “Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the airplane, the pessimist the parachute.” We need a bit of both, don’t we? Christians aren’t required...

Matisse and the Mass: Continuity and Change

Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. One of the most unusual depictions of the Stations of the Cross is in the Chapel of the Rosary at the Dominican Convent in Vence, France. The chapel, designed by Henri Matisse, features...