Sixth Sunday of Easter – A

In departing from His disciples, Jesus says that He will ask the Father to send the “Spirit of Truth” to those who “love Me and obey My commandments.” Thomas Aquinas understands this to mean, “You don’t express your love for me by tears but by obedience to My commands, for...

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Fifth Sunday of Easter – A

Jesus tells His disciples, “Believe in Me” (Jn 14:1). St. Thomas Aquinas points out that we believe persons but God is the only one we can believe in (Commentary on the Gospel of St. John, 1851). Jesus declares, “In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places” (Jn 14:2). According...

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Fourth Sunday of Easter – A

The Twenty-Third Psalm speaks of God as “my shepherd.” Jesus expresses the same concern for us when He describes Himself as the “shepherd of the sheep.” Jesus is also the “sheep gate,” that keeps the sheep secure. St. Thomas Aquinas applies Jesus’ words to all of us as sheep and...

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Third Sunday of Easter – A

Today’s Gospel, Luke 24: 13-35, takes place in the afternoon of Easter. Two of Jesus’ disciples were walking to Emmaus, a village about seven miles away from Jerusalem. The Risen Jesus joins them but they do not realize that it is Jesus, “their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him” (Lk...

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Second Sunday of Easter – A

Why didn’t Jesus appear to His disciples in the early morning rather than wait until the evening of Easter? St. Thomas Aquinas thinks that Jesus wanted to find the disciples together. He also wanted to strengthen and comfort them and He knew that they would become more afraid as the...

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Easter Sunday – A

Was it necessary that Jesus rise in His human body? Was there any reason that He needed a human body? Couldn’t He have just returned to the Father in His divinity, having done everything humanly (and divinely) possible for us? St. Thomas Aquinas offers five reasons why the Resurrection of...

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Passion (Palm) Sunday – A

Why did Christ suffer the Passion? St. Thomas Aquinas believes that the Passion was not absolutely necessary as God could have done otherwise but it was necessary in a certain sense, within God’s plan of our salvation: “So must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who...

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Fifth Sunday of Lent -A

Jesus knew Lazarus was going to die, why did He let Lazarus die? St. Thomas Aquinas finds a variety of reasons. Lazarus’ sisters send messengers to Jesus: “The one whom You love is ill” (Jn 11:3). Thomas observes that even the friends of God have difficulties: “The friends of God...

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Fourth Sunday of Lent – A

The disciples ask Jesus whether the man’s blindness is because of his sin or the sins of his parents. They assume that the difficulties that come into our lives are punishments for something that we have done. Jesus tells the disciples that the man’s blindness was “to let God’s works...

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Third Sunday of Lent – A

As the woman of Samaria approaches the well, she discovers a Jewish man there. They quickly enter into a conversation about water, although “water” has a different meaning for each of them. The well has great significance for her, since Jacob originally established it and gave it to the people....

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