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  • May 22: To See Grace in All Things (Easter 6C) May 20, 2022
    “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” (John 14:23-29) This passage is a favorite of mine, coming as it does toward the very end of John’s gospel and part of Jesus’s final discourse at the Last Supper. […]
  • May 15: The Table of Welcome (Easter 5C) May 13, 2022
    “I give you a new commandment, says the Lord: love one another.” John 13:34. Jesus tells us: “This is how all will know you are my disciples, your love for one another.” Today’s passage from Saint John’s gospel contains two neglected throw-away lines, and like water over pebbles, such details often go unnoticed because of […]
  • May 8: The Good Shepherds Among Us (Easter 4C) May 6, 2022
    “I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.” John 10:14 On Good Shepherd Sunday, we listen to these words: “My sheep hear my voice, and they follow me.” Good shepherds hear the voice of God and go out of their way to identify with their flock. The […]
  • May 1: Recruits for Christ (Easter 3C) April 29, 2022
    “Cry out with joy to God, all the earth; O sing to the glory of his name. O render him glorious praise, alleluia.” Psalm 66:1-2. Today’s gospel passage brings us to the Sea of Tiberias, and the fishermen are back at work.   Jesus joins them at the shore and calls out: “Children, have you […]