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Easter Sunday

1st Reading: Acts 10:34a, 37-43 
Resp. Psalm Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
2nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 
Gospel: John 20:1-9 
Alleluia! The Lord has risen! After the penances during the Lenten season we can rejoice along with the rest of the Church and live even more deeply the depth of the Paschal Mystery.
There are 4 qualities to the glorified body which Jesus has and which we will have if we go to Heaven. 
Brilliance: we will shine like the stars 
Agility: we will be able to move at lightning speeds
Subtility: we will be able to move through walls
Impassibility: we will no longer be capable of suffering 
Why would we need all these? We do not know but this attests to the wonders of Heaven. The Easter Season points the way to the glories of Heaven. May Mary the Queen of Heaven help us on our way.
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD

Palm Sunday

Pietro lorenzetti [Public domain]
At The Procession with Palms: Gospel: Luke 19:28-40 
At Mass: 
1st Reading: Isaiah 50: 4-7 
Resp. Psalm Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
2nd Reading: Philippians 2:6-11 
Gospel: Luke 22:14-23:56

Too many times we are tempted to listen to what the world says which is not good because the world is under the dominion of Satan. The world cheered Jesus on as he entered Jerusalem but by the next week the tide had turned and he was been betrayed, beaten and crucified. 

Jesus chose to suffer and die because His Father asked Him to redeem the world. As Archbishop Sheen once said, an infinite offense (sin) could only be atoned by an infinite remedy — Jesus's death of the Cross.

As we begin the holiest week of our liturgical year may we keep thanking God for this supreme sacrifice. Otherwise, we would truly be hopeless.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Isaak Asknaziy [Public domain]

Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 43:16-21
Resp.: Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
2nd Reading: Philippians 3:8-14
Gospel: John 8:1-11

Moses prescribed stoning for those caught in adultery. Jesus did not change the law but gave a new perspective. Jesus does not declare the guilty guiltless nor does he deny that adultery is a sin. God does not look for opportunities to "catch" us in sin so that He can destroy us. Rather He asks us to look towards the rehabilitation of those who are sinning grievously and are repentant. Jesus's remedy is: go and sin no more. It is not a punishment but it is very difficult to achieve and requires constant conversion. This conversion is painful but well worth the effort. This is why St Paul says to pray always.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD

Fourth Sunday of Lent

1st Reading: Joshua 5:9a, 10-12 
Resp.: Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 
2nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 
Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 

St Paul says that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. This is certainly true of the prodigal son. As his father said, his son was dead but now he has been restored. While God does not want us to stray away from Him, in letting us stray, God wants us to come to the conclusion that Jesus is the way and the truth and the life by us becoming frustrated and disgusted with our sinful ways. This is why we must pray not only for ourselves and our loved ones but for every one else in the world, and especially those who have strayed.

Today is Latarae Sunday. Be joyful in the Lord because our penance is coming to an end for this Lenten season and more importantly, the reason for our penances is to be freed from sin in an even greater way than the Previous Lenten season.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD

Third Sunday of Lent

1st Reading: Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15
Resp.: Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12
Gospel: Luke 13:1-9 

In the first reading God tells Moses that He will soon deliver His people. In the Gospel He warns the people that they must be careful because judgement is just around the corner. He warns that since they are in sin, things like what happened to the people executed by Pilate or those who were killed in the tower collapse can happen to them.

Being in persistent sin is a perilous thing. This is why God delivers His people from bondage in Egypt and why Jesus warns them in today's Gospel. It's not that being completely holy keeps bad things from happening, it's that a sinful way of life helps to precipitate bad things and if we are in sin, were we to die unexpectedly, we might end up in hell. 

Warning someone about probable danger is an act of compassion. This is why Jesus warns His people. Otherwise, we would be lost in our sins with nothing to alarm us of the impending danger. God can bring good out of the evil that happens to us if we love Him. May we love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD 
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