Browsing From the Pastor

Pentecost Sunday

Posted by Ruth Henley

The Jewish people prepared to celebrate the Feast of Weeks, or (fifty days) by waiting for the seeds to grow into edible food. They had planted at the time of Passover which was a remembering of how God had brought them out of Egypt and planted them in the ... Read More »

The Ascension of the Lord

Posted by Ruth Henley

The Gospel reading points out, Jesus was given all authority in heaven and earth. From this position of Lordship and authority he tells his disciples, and subsequently those of us who have joined ourselves in baptism to them, to “Go … and make disciples.” This command is not known ... Read More »

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Ruth Henley

Jesus, knowing that he was soon to leave his disciples, was concerned that they not feel abandoned, or in his words, orphaned. Jesus having lived among them for some years, and having experienced the increasing hostility of the world against the things of God, knew that not only would the ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Ruth Henley

Peter responds in John 13:36 with the question, “Lord, where are you going?” Shortly thereafter Thomas blurts out, “We do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” And Philip too expresses his anxiety with, “Lord show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Ruth Henley

Each of this week’s Sunday Readings involves some aspect of personal faith. Because as Catholics we are often baptized as infants and raised in the Church, we often overlook the need to make our own reasoned faith decision about Jesus and the salvation he offers. Often, we are Christian and Catholic ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Easter

Posted by Ruth Henley

When Jesus was resurrected, many of those who saw him did not recognize him immediately. When Mary Magdalene encountered him at the empty tomb, she thought he was the gardener. At first, the disciples on the road to Emmaus thought that he was just a stranger who had caught ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy)

Posted by Ruth Henley

How can a person maintain enthusiasm for Christ, and the things of Christ? It seems that when we look at the first century Christians, who turned their world upside down with their enthusiasm, several things stand out. We see in the first reading that they were “devoted” to Jesus and to ... Read More »

Easter Sunday of The Resurrection of The Lord

Posted by Ruth Henley

How Satan and the forces of evil must have rejoiced as “from noon onward there was darkness over the whole land,” until at last Jesus “gave up His spirit.” How they must have believed that this darkness was just a foretaste of the spiritual darkness which would rule the ... Read More »

Palm Sunday of the Passion of The Lord

Posted by Ruth Henley

Passion Sunday introduces us to a week of intense reflection on the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God. What difference will it make in our lives two weeks, or two months, from now? Now more than ever we can enter more deeply in the Passion of ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Lent

Posted by Ruth Henley

In this week’s Gospel reading, we see Martha and Mary being linked by faith to Jesus and his message of resurrection and life. “When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him.” Mary heard Jesus’ call through Martha, “The Master is here and calls for you.” And ... Read More »