Bread of Life

Bread of Life By Lisa Fernandes In our Lord’s Prayer Jesus taught us to say “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6.11). At the Last Supper Jesus said “Take and eat; this is my body” (Matthew 26:26). And the name of Jesus’ birthplace, Bethlehem, literally

St. John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist By Lisa Fernandes Today is the Solemnity of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, one of the oldest celebrations in the Church. And a popular holiday in Québec (St. Jean-Baptiste Day). John is an important figure in that he is a forerunner

Love

Love by Lisa Fernandes Love is the focus of today’s readings. Jesus starting in Mark 12:28 states that love of God and love of one’s neighbour are of utmost importance. In the Bible, there are four types of love identified: storge (empathy), philia (friendship), eros (erotic) and

Signs

Signs by Lisa Fernandes Today’s readings, on the third Sunday of Lent, are about signs and symbols of God. The first reading is about a physical symbol of God’s word, in this case the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments which were “…written with the finger of

Hope

Hope by Lisa Fernandes Today’s readings are about hope. Job is a man who exemplifies suffering. He is subjected to many trials and tribulations and in the first reading we feel his misery when he appeals to us by saying: “My days are swifter than a weaver’s

Gaudete Sunday

Gaudete Sunday by Lisa Fernandes Today we celebrate the third Sunday of Advent also known as Gaudete Sunday or Rejoice Sunday. Advent generally is a time for us to prepare and make way for Christ’s coming. In the Gospel we read about John and his role

ABSOLUTES

Absolutes by Lisa Fernandes “Nothing is certain except death and taxes” as Benjamin Franklin said, referring humorously to secular absolute truths. In today’s readings, though, we hear about absolute truths according to God. In the first, we hear the absolute that there is one God: “I

FORGIVENESS

FORGIVENESS by Lisa Fernandes “To err is human, to forgive divine” as Alexander Pope wrote. Today’s readings capture this difficult path we all have to travel. We want to be forgiven our human transgressions, as difficult as it is for us to forgive others. As

FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION

FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION By Lisa Fernandes Today we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. This is an ancient feast that was gradually introduced into the Western Church, and made a universal feast by Pope Callistus III in 1457. It celebrates Christ’s

Ascension of the Lord

ASCENSION AND COMMUNICATION By Lisa Fernandes Today is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord and World Communications Day; appropriately enough today's Psalm speaks of shouting, as well as singing praises to God. The Ascension, also known as the Great Commission, followed Jesus’ parting words