First Sunday of Advent Scripture: Isaiah 63:16b –17, 19b; 64:2–71Corinthians 1:3–9Mark 13:33-37 Reflection: Yet, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay and you are the potter: we are all the work of your hands. –Isaiah 64:7 Clay is an interesting substance that can » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Revelation 22:1-7Luke 21:34-36 Reflection: Today we celebrate the last day of the Church year 2020, Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time. I’m sure we can all agree that this church year and calendar year has been anything but ‘ordinary’! We have endured » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Revelation 20:1-4, 11 – 21:2Luke 21:29-33 Reflection: The beautiful Gospel reading today is the parable of the fig tree. Our world is in desperate need of the buds of spring. We yearn for that second chance for the opportunity to bear fruit when we » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Revelation 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9aLuke 21:20-28 Reflection: Thanksgiving. Today is a day we set aside to take a good look around us and be thankful. We probably should make every day Thanksgiving Day, but still it is good to set this day apart to » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Revelation 15:1-4Luke 21:12-19 Reflection: “He did not say, ‘You shall not be perturbed, you shall not be troubled, you shall not be distressed,’ but He said, ‘You shall not be overcome.’” ~Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love, Chapter 68 Hearing today’s readings in » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Revelation 14:14-19Luke 21:12-19 Reflection: Lead Astray “See to it that you are not misled “LK 21:8 The Greek inspired word for misled in Gospel today is planao. It means to stray, to lead astray, get lost. It’s importance is shown that it is used 46 times » Continue Reading.
Solemnity of Christ the King Scripture: Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-171 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28Matthew 25:31-46 Reflection: I was hungry and you gave me to eat.I was thirsty you gave me drink… At this moment in time, everyone is suffering. In historic numbers worldwide, layoffs continue for » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Revelation 14:1-3, 4b-5Luke 21:1-4 Reflection: In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus observes some wealthy people “putting their offerings into the treasury.” Then He notices a poor widow putting in “two small coins.” When it comes to fund-raising and development, one always wants to acknowledge any » Continue Reading.
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Scripture: Revelation 11:4-12Luke 20:27-40 Reflection: The feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is based on the ancient tradition of presenting Mary in the temple in Jerusalem and dedicating her to God. At our Baptism all of » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Revelation 10:8-11 Luke 19:45-48 Reflection: The scene of Jesus driving out the merchants and money changers from the temple makes for great dramatic re-enactment. In many of the films that have sought to present the life of the Messiah, this scene is often given » Continue Reading.