Photo: @thoughtful_camera The first Sunday of Easter always has the story of Doubting Thomas. (John 20:19-31)You know the one. Thomas comes in, having totally missed Jesus' appearance to everyone else. Pretty sure that they are messing with him or that they are just messed up, he refuses to believe that Jesus came back until he touches the wounds with his own hands. Wouldn't you know, Jesus comes back the next week and takes him up on the offer? Lesson 1: Never demand somethi
Photo: @thoughtful_camera As we start this first week of Easter, the Gospel readings of the first four days all take place on the day of the Resurrection. I was so surprised when I discovered that these stories all took place within hours of each other. What an incredible day! Here's the timeline: Sunday morning, a whole bunch of Marys go to the tomb to anoint Jesus' body. Instead, they find the stone rolled away and Jesus gone. Jesus appears and tells them to "go tell my bro
Photo: @thoughtful_camera In the movie, The Time Traveler's Wife, there are two distinct storylines in told in very different timeframes. It's a little hard to keep track of the actions, but eventually they come together and it all becomes a little clearer. Actually, it's only clear after you watch the movie again. The readings this week reminded me of The Time Traveler's Wife. We have two completely different stories that are told over the course of five days. The Gospels te
Part Eight of an eight-part series of reflections on Lent, Holy Week, and Easter As you have hopefully been able to see over these last several weeks, these days in Holy Week are filled to overflowing with activity, meaning, drama, and grace. It almost seems a shame that it is about to be over with Easter Sunday Mass. We’ve gone through Lent preparing ourselves for forty days. We’ve developed our self-discipline. We’ve taken out the things that distract us from our relationsh
Jesus is risen from the dead. The veil has been torn, the work being done in the past three days is done. Bathe in the light. Sit in the wonder. Wait to encounter the risen Lord. Allow Him to transform your life into something glorious. Jesus gave everything for you. Never doubt that He doesn't think you were worth it. Have a happy and blessed Easter!