Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

We have come to Holy Week, the high point of the Church’s liturgical year. We make every effort to enter fully into this week, during which our task may be described in Jesus’ words to Peter, James and John in the garden: “Remain here and keep watch.” We strive to...

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Today the penitential, somber spirit of Lent gives way to the joyful celebration of the Annunciation. In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus said, “when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” How can he be lifted up unless he first comes down? And how can...

Fifth Sunday of Lent

We are approaching the culmination of our Lenten journey; this is the final week before Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We continue to reflect on Jesus’ sufferings and on how they strengthen us as we pass through this valley of tears. Today, once again, Jesus...

Fourth Sunday of Lent

The Fourth Sunday of Lent is called Laetare Sunday, which means “Rejoice Sunday.” The readings given for our meditation tell us why we should rejoice. We rejoice because, as Jesus announces very clearly in today’s Gospel, “God so loved the world that he gave his only...