Trinity Sunday – A

One of the most powerful sentences in the New Testament in contained in today’s Gospel: “God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him not die but may have eternal life. God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the...

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Pentecost – A

The Holy Spirit is always giving gifts, whether for us as individuals or for the common good, but some of these are uniquely referred to as the “Gifts of the Holy Spirit.” They are “permanent” gifts, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains: The moral life of Christians is...

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Ascension – A

We often favor teams that struggle as we do individuals who persevere in their efforts in any area despite their challenges. Why do their successes make us happy? Surely, we are happy for them because we felt sympathy for their struggles but there is something more. Their successes confirm our...

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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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