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Monthly Archives: April 2017

“He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him” (Matthew 28:7).

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Every year around this time we stop and contemplate the meaning of Good Friday and how it makes sense to us today.

As a son of Alphonsus, I [read more]


On this Holy Thursday, the words of Jesus echo down through the centuries to us today: “Do this in remembrance of me.” What indeed is the meaning of this? For many it would be to continue to celebrate what Jesus instituted that night—the Holy Eucharist. [read more]


Today’s Gospel focuses on Judas. At the moment of betrayal in the garden, Jesus calls Judas by the affectionate title friend, saying to him, “why have you come?” Perhaps it was a final effort to save Judas.

A catechist once asked children, “Where did Jesus go between his death and resurrection?” After much thought, a 7-year-old boy answered, “I think Jesus went down to the deepest, darkest part of hell to look for his friend Judas.” [read more]


The Old Testament readings yesterday, today, and tomorrow come from Isaiah’s prophesy of Jesus, the Suffering Servant. The Gospels depict three meals in which Judas, the betrayer, is present.

In the Gospel today, Jesus said, “I tell you solemnly, one of you will betray me.” Peter asked John to find out who it was. Jesus answered, “The one to whom I give the bit of food I dip in the dish.” He dipped the morsel and gave it to Judas. No sooner had Judas eaten the morsel than he went out. John’s Gospel tells us, “It was night.” [read more]