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...

Continue reading

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...

Continue reading

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....

Continue reading

Second Sunday of Lent – A

At certain points in our lives, we have an idea of where we are going. For instance, a student aims at finishing one level and starting the next. He or she has a good idea of what the next step will be. As we move beyond the clearly marked stages,...

Continue reading

First Sunday of Lent – A

Why was Jesus tempted? Matthew, Mark and Luke place the temptations between the Baptism and the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. At the Baptism, Jesus has been confirmed as the Father’s Son as the Holy Spirit rested upon Him, anointing Him. He is the Son. He is the anointed One. Why...

Continue reading

Eighth Sunday – A

The Prophet Isaiah announces that even if a mother should forget her child or be without tenderness for her child, God will not forget us (Is 49:15). Similarly, in today’s Gospel, (Matthew 6:24-34), Jesus uses the beauty of wild flowers, grass in the fields, and birds of the sky as...

Continue reading

Fourth Sunday – A

What brings happiness? We might come up with many answers. In today’s Gospel, (Matthew 5:1-12), Jesus proposes eight possibilities that we may have overlooked. They are His “beatitudes.” Each of the Beatitudes begins with the Greek word, makárioi, which can be translated as “blessed” or “happy.” St. Augustine asserts that...

Continue reading

Third Sunday – A

The tribes of Zebulun and Nephtali settled in the north of Galilee. In 732 BC, King Tiglath-Pileser III and his Assyrian troops raided the north of Galilee. They deported many of those who lived there and settled people from other nations in their place. In this time of this desolation,...

Continue reading

Second Sunday – A

After Jesus’ baptism, John the Baptist pointed Him out, “There is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world … I saw the Spirit descend like a dove from the sky and it came to rest on Him … It is He who will baptize with...

Continue reading

Third Sunday of Advent – A

One of the hymns that is sung during Advent asks, “O Come Divine Messiah.” Similar to other Advent hymns, such as “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” we ask Jesus to “come.” Why are we asking Jesus to “come” when He has already come? He speaks to us daily through His...

Continue reading