Lamb of God

Food That Endures For Eternal Life

Photograph Copyright © by Deacon Michael Bickerstaff

Today’s Gospel is taken from St. John and continues our short five-week break from Mark’s Gospel that we’ve been hearing during this liturgical year. The focus of the passages during these five weeks is the Eucharist and the Lord’s abundant love for each of us. So much power and promise are contained in the sixth chapter of John’s gospel, that […]

We Do Not Face Death Alone

"The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection" (detail) by Eugene Burnand

The serpent’s bite was a deadly one.  The venom had worked its way deep into the heart of the entire human race, doing its gruesome work.  The anti-venom was unavailable until He appeared.  One drop was all that was needed, so potent was this antidote.  Yet it was not like Him to be stingy.  He poured out all he had, […]

The First Eucharist

"The First Eucharist" by Juan de Juanes

“Take and eat, for this is my body…” On Holy Thursday, the night before he died, the Lord Jesus made some startling changes in the ritual of the Passover meal.  Instead of being content with the traditional Jewish table blessing over the bread, Jesus proclaimed “take and eat for this is my body.”  Over the third cup of wine, known […]

Behold the Lamb of God!

Photography © by Andy Coan

The Protestant Church is all about the Bible; the Catholic Church is all about the Sacraments.  Right? Not exactly.  When it comes to personal Bible reading, Protestants often put Catholics to shame.  But as far as Sunday worship goes, it is hard to find a more biblical service than the Mass. The readings are awesome enough, but even the prayers […]

Encountering the Word — Revelation 7:9,14-17

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands … These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they […]

We Do Not Face Death Alone

"The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection" (detail) by Eugene Burnand

The serpent’s bite was a deadly one.  The venom had worked its way deep into the heart of the entire human race, doing its gruesome work.  The anti-venom was unavailable until He appeared.  One drop was all that was needed, so potent was this antidote.  Yet it was not like Him to be stingy.  He poured out all he had, […]

The First Eucharist

"The First Eucharist" by Juan de Juanes

“Take and eat, for this is my body…” On Holy Thursday, the night before he died, the Lord Jesus made some startling changes in the ritual of the Passover meal.  Instead of being content with the traditional Jewish table blessing over the bread, Jesus proclaimed “take and eat for this is my body.”  Over the third cup of wine, known […]

The Passion of the Lord

Photography © by Andy Coan

Catholics seem preoccupied with the sufferings of Christ—the Crucifix, the sorrowful Mysteries, the Stations of the Cross.  As if all this were not enough, Catholics must stand at attention one Sunday each year as they listen to the entire passion narrative read aloud. Careful, repeated meditation on the Passion of Christ is important because the Passion is the climax of […]