Recognizing Jesus

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‘Faith and Recognition’: could these two words together encapsulate what the Easter season calls us to?  From the second Sunday after Easter where we have the appearance before Thomas whose weak faith takes a huge leap when he recognizes Jesus in and through his wounds.  We recognize through hearing and we recognize through seeing.  Many of the resurrection gospels show us this: ‘They recognized him through the breaking of the bread’.  When the risen One says ‘Mary’ at the tomb, Mary Magdalene, through the voice calling her name, suddenly recognizes the person standing before her as Jesus.

May 12, 2019 Read More

Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

Daily Lectio
Blessed Martyrs of Algeria, 19 individuals including seven Trappist Cistercian monks (d. 1994-1996)

Readings of the Day
RB: Prologue 45-50
Mass of the Memorial: Rev 7:9, 14b-17; Resp Ps 31; Jn 15:9-17
Mass of the Day: Acts 8:1b-8; Resp Ps 66; Jn 6:35-40

These are the ones who have survived the great time of distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 
May 08, 2019 Read More

Third Sunday of Easter

Daily Lectio
Readings of the Day
RB: Prologue 21-32
Mass: Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41; Resp Ps 30; Rev 5:11-14; Jn 21:1-19
I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.

What was the apostles response to the Sanhedrin's orders to stop speaking in the name of Jesus? And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Messiah, Jesus!

May 06, 2019 Read More

Thursday within the Octave of Easter

Daily Lectio

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 67 Those Who Are Sent on a Journey
Mass: Acts 3:11-26; Resp Ps 8; Lk 24:35-48

O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!

Peter's response to those who were amazed at the curing of the crippled man, 'Why do you look so intently at us as if we made him walk by our own power or piety?', takes me to the psalmist: Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name give the glory(Ps 115).
April 25, 2019 Read More

Wednesday within the Octave of Easter

Daily Lectio

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 66 The Porter of the Monastery
Mass: Acts 3:1-10; Resp Ps 105; Lk 24:13-35

Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord.


We can become despondent for a variety of reasons. We accept things the way they are and just keep on with the daily drudgery without making real effort to change.

April 24, 2019 Read More
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