archbishop robert j. carlson

BEFORE THE CROSS | Gospel of Mark challenges us to be great witness to Christ

We celebrate the Feast of St. Mark this week (April 25). And this year, we're reading from St. Mark's Gospel on Sundays. It's a good time to ask: What are some of the outstanding features of the Gospel of Mark that serve to guide our lives?

BEFORE THE CROSS | Focus on the Lord, not on the world’s brokenness

What do we focus on?

Many of us pick up the news first thing in the morning when we're just getting going, and then again in the evening when we're tired from a long day. At those vulnerable moments, where do we focus? The news tends to focus our attention on the worst possible things that have happened in the past 24 hours, and we often follow that lead.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Reconozcamos las señales de la presencia de Jesús en nuestras vidas

¡Cristo ha resucitado!

Esta semana los Evangelios de cada día nos hablan acerca de las apariciones de Jesús resucitado a sus discípulos.

Una característica común de estas apariciones — y una muy curiosa — es que los seguidores de Jesús no siempre lo reconocen.

Así pasó con María Magdalena cuando fue a la tumba: "Ella se dio la vuelta y vio a Jesús allí, pero no sabía que era Jesús".

Igual sucedió con los discípulos en el camino a Emaús: "Jesús mismo se acercó a ellos y caminó con ellos, pero a sus ojos no les fue permitido reconocerlo."

BEFORE THE CROSS | Recognizing the clues of Jesus’ presence in our lives

Christ is Risen!

Every day this week the Gospels tell us about one of the appearances of the risen Jesus to His disciples.

A common feature in these accounts — and a curious one — is that Jesus' followers didn't always recognize Him.

So it was with Mary Magdalene when she went to the tomb: "She turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus."

So it was with the disciples on the Road to Emmaus: "Jesus Himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him."

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