My Lord and My God

This coming Sunday marks the 2nd Sunday of Easter (Year C). You can read a complete commentary on this gospel here.

Our gospel contains the second and third appearances of the risen Jesus. These three appearances take place in Jerusalem.  There is a fourth and final appearance of Jesus later in a section referred to as the “Epilogue” of John.  This appearance is at the “Sea of Tiberias” in Galilee (John 21). Continue reading


In my homily of yesterday I pointed out that the Easter Sunday gospel does not actually have the Risen Christ make an appearance. The gospel is a narrative of an empty tomb and three people’s reaction to it. I wrote, “One sees and believes. The one chosen to be the Rock, … he keeps his thoughts to himself. One remains in the [half-light of the dawn] – but she stays, remains present even when the others returned home.” Continue reading

Fear not and other stories

8 Then [Mary Magdalene and the other Mary] went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce this to his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

11 While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had happened. 12 They assembled with the elders and took counsel; then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this gets to the ears of the governor, we will satisfy (him) and keep you out of trouble.” 15 The soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present (day). 16 The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. (Matthew 28:8-15) Continue reading