Road to Emmaus

May 12, 2010

The Ascension of the Lord

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Acts 1:1-11 Responsorial Psalm – Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 Second Reading – Eph 1:17-23 or Heb 9:24-28; 10:19-23 Gospel Reading – Lk 24:46-53 This Sunday we celebrate the glorious Ascension of the Lord. The Ascension of Jesus back to the Father is utterly crucial in salvation history, although perhaps the least understood. We can typically grasp the importance of Christ’s death for our sins and know that it is of the upmost significance that he is risen from the dead. However,...

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April 28, 2010

Fifth Sunday of Easter

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Acts 14:21-27
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 145:8-13
Second Reading – Rev 21:1-5a
Gospel Reading – Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35 In this Sunday’s Gospel reading from St. John, Jesus gives the Apostles a radical new command “Love one another; even as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34). Not much earlier in his ministry, some Pharisees came to Jesus with the intention of testing him, and asked, “Teacher, what is the great commandment in the law?” (Mt 22:36). Jesus responded by giving what is...

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April 21, 2010

Fourth Sunday of Easter

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Acts 13:14, 43-52Responsorial Psalm – Ps 100:1-3, 5Second Reading – Rev 7:9, 14b-17Gospel Reading – Jn 10:11-18 In this Sunday’s Gospel we encounter one of the most well-known phrases of Scripture: “I am the good shepherd" (Jn 10:11, 14). Jesus repeats this phrase twice to make sure we understand it. Beginning in John 10:1, the section right before this week’s gospel, Jesus begins to speak in terms of the imagery of shepherds and sheep. "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am...

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April 14, 2010

Third Sunday of Easter

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Acts 5:27-32Responsorial Psalm – Ps 30:2, 4-6, 11-13Second Reading – Rev 5:11-14Gospel Reading – Jn 21:1-19 In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, Jesus the Good Shepherd feeds the shepherds he has appointed to feed his sheep. During this interaction we learn much about the role of Peter and his successors. As Jesus sits on the shore of the Sea of Tiberias [Galilee] he says, “Come, have breakfast” (Jn 21:12). Jesus then “took the bread and gave it to them, and in like manner, the...

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April 07, 2010

Second Sunday of Easter

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Acts 5:12-16Responsorial Psalm – Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24Second Reading – Rev 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19Gospel Reading – Jn 20:19-31 John’s Gospel on the Second Sunday of Easter, also known as Mercy Sunday, truly shows us the mercy of God.  On the evening of the very day of Jesus’ Resurrection, all of the Apostles except Thomas have locked themselves up because they fear the Jews (cf. Jn 20:19). They unquestionably think that what happened to Jesus might still happen to them....

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March 31, 2010

Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Acts 10:34a, 37-43Responsorial Psalm – Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23Second Reading – Col 3:1-4 Gospel Reading – Jn 20:1-9 "If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain…your faith is futile and you are still in your sins…If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied" (1 Cor 15:14,17, 19). In the reading from John’s Gospel for this Easter Sunday we are told that Mary Magdalene "came to the tomb early,...

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March 24, 2010

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

By Brian Pizzalato

Gospel at the Procession with Palms – Lk 19:28-40First Reading – Is50:4-7Responsorial Psalm –Ps 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24Second Reading –Phil 2:6-11Gospel Reading – Lk 22:14-23:56 Focusing on today’s Gospel readings, an important aspect of the events is that they take place within the context of Passover. There would have been thousands and thousands of pilgrims making their way to Jerusalem for this feast. Jesus, too, was entering Jerusalem.The fact that it was five days before Passover...

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March 17, 2010

Fifth Sunday of Lent

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Is 43:16-21Responsorial Psalm – Ps 126:1-6Second Reading – Phil 3:8-14Gospel Reading – Jn 8:1-11 The scribes and Pharisees are at it again in this Sunday’s Gospel reading from the Eighth Chapter of John. At the beginning of Lent, we heard about the Satan tempting Jesus in the wilderness. However, throughout the Gospels, the scribes and Pharisees continually do exactly the same thing. Therefore, it is not a coincidence that, later on in the same chapter of John’s Gospel,...

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March 10, 2010

Fourth Sunday of Lent

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Js 5:9a, 10-12Responsorial Psalm – Ps 34:2-7Second Reading – 2 Cor 5:17-21Gospel Reading – Lk 15:1-3, 11-32The Gospel reading for this Sunday is filled with everything that makes for a good story. It features a vivid portrayal of the characters and their relationships. We also see the themes of betrayal, intrigue, redemption, forgiveness, and love. In this week’s Gospel, Luke narrates what is typically called the parable of the prodigal son for us. However, we could...

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March 03, 2010

Third Sunday of Lent

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15Responsorial Psalm – Ps 103:1-4, 6-8, 11Second Reading – 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12Gospel Reading – Lk 13:1-9On the Third Sunday of Lent, the Church provides us with some amazing readings. When we look at them together, they lead us towards repentance. The first reading, taken from the book of Exodus, recounts Moses’ encounter with God in the burning bush. God call Moses while he is shepherding in the land of Midian and tells him to go back to Egypt in order to set...

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