New Adam

I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year A) — Acts 6:1-7; Psalms 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19; First Peter 2:4-9; John 14:1-12. “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me”  (John 14:6). How many times have you heard something like this:  “As long as you believe in God and […]

From Despair to Joy at Emmaus

Photography © by Andy Coan

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Third Sunday of Easter (Year A) — Acts 2:14, 22-28; Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11; First Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35. What a disappointment! They thought they’d found the Messiah. But he’d been trapped like an animal and executed as a criminal. Up until his very last breath, they had hoped he’d descend from the […]

One Way Only

“As long as you believe in God and try to be a good person, it doesn’t matter what religion you choose.” “There are different paths up the same mountain, but they all lead to the peak.”  How many times have you heard people speak this way? This is the prevailing wisdom. It’s politically correct. Tolerant. Reasonable. But it’s wrong. Jesus […]

From Despair to Joy at Emmaus

"Supper at Emmaus" (detail) by Caravaggio

What a disappointment! They thought they’d found the Messiah. But he’d been trapped like an animal and executed as a criminal. Up until his very last breath, they had hoped he’d descend from the cross in stately power and call down fire upon the hypocrites. But all they heard from him were seven last “words” that were more like anguished […]

In Mercy He Comes to Us

Photography © by Andy Coan

The Gospels tell an incredible story. A virginal conception. Miraculous healings. Even people coming back from the dead. How are we to know that it’s not all just a fanciful fabrication? There is much evidence for the reliability of the Gospels, but here is one of the strongest bits of evidence I know. Think for a minute. If you were […]