Scripture Reflection by Father Matt

He Has Been Made Known to Us in the Breaking of Bread

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus, They said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?" … Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread. We see in this Gospel story the two parts of the Holy Mass: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. First we receive Christ in the Sacred Scriptures. We hear the history of God’s relationship with mankind and how Jesus is present secretly in the Old Testament and made manifest in the New Testament. We hear the words of Jesus in the Gospels and the living out of His commandments in the Ac

Doubting Thomas

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe." I shudder at the audacity of St. Thomas the Apostle in giving God an ultimatum for belief in the resurrection. Unless God does exactly what he says, he will not believe. Is this in any way reasonable? Do we dare to force God’s mighty hand like this? I must step back and admit my compassion for Thomas, burdened with representing the skeptic in all of us. Thomas expresses the difficulty we all seem to have with accepting the testimony of others about any given miraculous event. Why should Thomas be known as “

Christ Indeed from Death is Risen, Our New Life Obtaining

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus, Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining. Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning! Amen. Alleluia. (from Victimae Paschali Laudes, the Sequence for Easter) Resurrection and mercy are one and the same. God’s mercy is most fully expressed in Christ’s sacrifice which opens for us the gates of heaven. We, who lost our relationship with God through sin, are now welcomed back by His death and resurrection. “Our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the feast.” St. Paul sums it all up so beautifully, placing the Passion in its proper context as the fulfilment of the Passover of the Old Covenant. The New

Jesus is Lord and Savior of All

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, I wish to draw our attention to the Gospel we use for the procession on Sunday, before we read the Passion. In Matthew 21:2, Jesus instructs his disciples to bring two beasts of burden for him to ride: an ass and a colt. The ass is only mentioned in St. Matthew’s account of the entry into Jerusalem. The other Gospels only mention the colt. St. Thomas Aquinas suggested that St. Matthew used these two animals as an analogy for the Jews and the Gentiles. The Jewish people, burdened with the Law and bound by “chains of darkness” (Wis. 17:2) and despised because of their repeated rejection of God’s Law, are represented by the ass. They must be untied and

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