Scripture: Isaiah 1:10-17 Matthew 10:34-11:1 Reflection: Be willing to re-prioritize, shake up and surrender all. Jesus’ tools of discipleship. Palpable, inspiring, taken-to-heart messages when we are tucked away in the silence of a weekend retreat, in full out surrender on a pilgrimage in a distant » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Amos 7:12-15 Mark 6: 7-13 Reflection: Throughout our lives we are called to many things, universities, jobs, sporting teams, etc. To be a disciple of Jesus is to experience a call, it is to be sent on a mission in partnership with others, a » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8 Matthew 10:24-33 Reflection: It is always valuable to take a few moments to look over the Scripture readings for each celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Sometimes I find that there are short sentences that suddenly jump out at me as if I » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hosea 14:2-10 Matthew 10:16-23 Reflection: This week we have been listening to the words of the prophet Hosea; words which catch our attention—and touch our souls. Hosea’s message was very much about mercy; “Don’t worry, I know you’ve put your trust in other gods, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hosea 11:1-4, 8e-9 Matthew 10:7-15 Reflection: “Provide yourselves with no gold or silver, not even with coppers for your purses.” The way Jesus sent his disciples out made them totally dependent on the hospitality of others. When one avails themselves on another for their » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12 Matthew 10:1-7 Reflection: “Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.” Matthew 10:1 Jesus “sent out,” (apostello), these Twelve to proclaim that “The Kingdom » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13 Matthew 9:32-38 Reflection: I recently read a fascinating chapter by Bryan Stevenson in his book Just Mercy. Bryan says: “I guess I’d always known but never fully considered that being broken is what makes us human. We all have our reasons. » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hosea 2:16, 17b-18, 21-22 Matthew 9:18-26 Reflection: Summer Concerts of Faith and Hope We can imagine our readings today as a summer concert full of feeling. A romantic melody captures the joy of Hosea hearing once again the words of his estranged wife, “My » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Amos 9:11-15 Matthew 9:9-13 Reflection: As a Passionist novice, I fasted on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday each week. That schedule would change with any feast day that might arise, but for the most part, it stayed consistent. Up to that point in my life, » Continue Reading.