Archive for April, 2012

The Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Today, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist. We join in prayer in a special way with all of the parishioners of St. Mark Church in Hyattsville on their patronal feast day, but it is really a feast for all of us who are followers of Jesus. Just as Mark recounts the stories of how [...] [Read more]

Our New Life in Christ

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

With great solemnity, the Church celebrates baptism and Easter, and along with the Easter Candle, the baptismal font and its water are the central symbols of the Easter season.  On Easter Sunday and each Sunday of the Easter season (the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost), the priest will bless water with these words, “Bless [...] [Read more]

Christ is Truly Risen, Alleluia!

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Just as the disciples did after the first Easter, we too can shout “Alleluia” with joy, because we have encountered the risen Lord. On this Easter, and every day, Jesus is with us, and brings us new life. [Read more]

We Stand at the Foot of the Cross

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Catholics all over the world are gathering on this Good Friday to step forward and stand at the foot of the cross. We come to the foot of the cross because we recognize the possibility of our redemption.  In spite of our failures, our sins, our weakness, Jesus not only loves us, but he hung [...] [Read more]

Do This in Memory of Me

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Today, Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, is a retelling of the story of God’s love, a love for each one of us individually. On Holy Thursday, we hear the story of the Passover meal in the Book of Exodus and then, in the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians, how in [...] [Read more]

Our Journey of Faith Begins

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday, invites us to remember who we are as disciples of Jesus and what he has accomplished for us. Today the narrative of redemption opens with the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  Here we are reminded that Jesus proclaims a kingdom that will never end and of [...] [Read more]