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Together

There is a lot going on in the readings of Holy Week. Today is “Spy Wednesday” with Judas busy about his treachery and betrayal. As we move farther into the week, the story line seems to narrow from Jesus in the public square of Jerusalem to gathering with...

Betrayal, Denial

Someone was asking me after Mass, “Do we say happy holy week?”  The answer is yes in spite of instances of betrayal and denial.  In today’s Gospel we hear the deeply troubled word of Jesus: “Amen, amen…one of you will betray me.”  When Judas leaves Jesus makes the...

Gallicantu

There have been many a Good Friday in the course of my life. I have heard the Passion narrative. I led the Passion narrative during Good Friday liturgies. Over the many years of Bible study I have covered the Passion narrative more than a few times. And now thru the...

The Chrism Mass – did you know?

On Thursday of Holy Week, the priests of the Arlington Diocese and many of the lay faithful will gather with Bishop Burbidge for the annual diocesan Chrism Mass at the Cathedral. In non-pandemic times, many of the lay faithful also join them for the celebration in...

The Truth

We hear the story this morning of Judas attempting to humiliate Mary in order to improve his standing with Jesus. He attempts this by ‘spinning the truth’. Unfortunately, we see too many examples these days of people ‘spinning’ the truth or coming up with their own...
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