Assumption and Ascension

This week, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, the feast that marks Jesus going up to heaven following his Resurrection. This celebration is sometimes confused with the August 15 Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. These feasts seem quite similar, but the difference …

advocate

In this Sunday’s reading from the Gospel According to John, we encounter Jesus’ well-known description of the Holy Spirit as an advocate, paraclete, or helper. This view of the Holy Spirit is essential to the Evangelist’s view of the role of the third person of the Most Holy Trinity, so …

faith and trust

This Sunday’s reading from the Gospel According to John 14:1-12 focuses on issues of faith and trust and is perhaps one of …

I AM

In this week’s reading from the Gospel According to John 10:7—”Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep”—Jesus …

vulgar

Vulgar is one word that comes up occasionally in a Catholic context. Its meaning has changed so much over time that it …

apostle

What is an apostle? In this Sunday’s readings, Jesus encounters his disciples following his Resurrection. During the Easter season, we prepare along …

agony

Holy Week culminates in the celebration of the Triduum—Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. During this liturgy, one of the events we call …

Letter to the Philippians 2:6

This Sunday’s readings include a passage from the Letter to the Philippians that is odd in English and that based on the …

spirit and death

This Sunday’s reading from Paul’s Letter to the Romans deals extensively with themes of death, sin, and God’s spirit. These are interesting …

sin

What is the biblical meaning of the word sin? On the fourth Sunday of Lent, catechumens preparing to enter the Church at …