Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Today is the start of the Holy Week that leads us to the summit of the liturgical year, the Paschal Triduum, commemorating Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Palm Sunday gives us abundant material to ponder for this week. As Pope Francis points out, today’s...

Fifth Sunday of Lent

In the Gospel for today we are given the figure of the woman caught in adultery. Let us take a moment and consider the situation of this woman. The reading does not tell us anything more about her. We can suppose that this was not the first act of adultery she ever...

Fourth Sunday of Lent

In the tradition of the Church, the Fourth Sunday of Lent has been known as Laetare Sunday. The name comes from the first word of today’s entrance antiphon in Latin, laetare, meaning “rejoice.” With Easter Sunday now twenty-one days away, we are symbolically at the...

Third Sunday of Lent

In the Sunday readings for this year’s Lenten journey, the Church gives us some snapshots from St. Luke’s narrative of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. In today’s Gospel, Jesus is told about some Galileans who suffered a tragic death at the hands of Pontius Pilate. It...

Second Sunday of Lent

We have begun the second week of Lent, a season of intense prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Yet our readings today seem to break the somber mood we would expect. Though the liturgical color is still penitential violet, the readings are painted in colors of radiant...