Scripture: Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17a Matthew 21:23-27 Reflection: The Scripture for today’s Matthew’s periscope has a group of the Chief Priests and the Scribes, and the other Synoptics Mark and Luke has the grouping to be Pharisees and the Elders. The importance of these groupings represent » Continue Reading.
Third Sunday of Advent Scripture: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10 James 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-11 Reflection: In our Gospel reading for Sunday (Matthew 11:2-11), we find that John the Baptist is now in prison, basically for having spoken “truth to power.” From prison he sends his followers to » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11 Matthew 17:9a, 10-13 Reflection: During the first week of Advent, I could feel myself tempted to turn away from faith, from love, so stretched after having lost significant family members in these last two years. I had felt Jesus in their » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 48:17-19 Matthew 11:16-19 Reflection: Today’s Scripture comes from the section of Matthew’s Gospel where Jesus is beginning to get some serious opposition from the Jewish leadership. At the beginning of the chapter John sends his disciples to ask Jesus if he is “the » Continue Reading.
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Scripture: Zechariah 2:14-17 or Revelation 11:9a, 12:1-6a, 10ab Luke 1:26-38 or Luke 1:39-47 Reflection: This is not a meditation but a commentary which may inspire your prayer and devotion to Our Blessed Mother for our contemporary world. I » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 40:25-31 Matthew 11:28-30 Reflection: Why is God often late? Consider: – Calamities took Job’s family and wiped out his possessions before God spoke with him. Late. – Except for Joshua and Caleb, all the Israelites who left Egypt died before they could enter the » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11 Matthew 18:12-14 Reflection: I’ve always struggled with the parable of the lost sheep. It’s partly because although it was everyday experience 2000 years ago, I’ve never tended sheep nor met anyone anywhere who would qualify as a shepherd. It’s also hard because » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Genesis 3:9-15, 20 Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 Luke 1:26-38 Reflection: Thoughts on Mary’s Immaculate Conception Imagine the experience of Mary being greeted by the angel Gabriel. A good translation says that Mary was utterly ‘confused’, terrified might also be appropriate because Gabriel responds with a » Continue Reading.
Second Sunday of Advent Scripture: Isaiah 11: 1-10 Romans 15: 4-9 Matthew 3: 1-12 Reflection: THE DESERT Repentance brings hope to the dry and seemingly barren areas of our life, the desert. We get discouraged and weak by our sins and short comings. When the » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26 Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8 Reflection: On Tuesday of this week, the local AARP chapter which meets at the Lakeview Presbyterian Church where I go to lunch five days a week, hosted a Salvation Army Holiday Musical festival after lunch. Four Salvation » Continue Reading.