Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalm 72 Luke 10:21-24 Reflection: Radical Hope: The Advent Challenge As we move into the spirit of Advent, today’s Scripture passages invite us to enter this special season with radical hope: God’s Love is greater than we can imagine, even in our » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-5 Matthew 8:5-11 Reflection: “In days to come, the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills. All nations shall stream toward it… One nation shall not raise the sword against another.” Isaiah 2:1,5 » Continue Reading.
First Sunday of Advent Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14-16 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2 Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Reflection: For me, a challenge I face as a homilist is the First Sunday of Advent. That’s because the Gospel reading for the beginning of the Advent season is very much like » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Revelation 22:1-7 Luke 21:34-36 Reflection: Part of the beauty and power of the Bible comes from its vivid language and symbols. That is the case for the readings assigned for today, the final day of the “ordinary” liturgical season as we stand on the » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Romans 10:9-18 Matthew 4:18-22 Reflection: St. Paul reminds us: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” We could add, “How especially beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news of the Passion of Christ.” To preach the Passion begins with » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Revelation 18:1- 2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9 Luke 21:20-28 Reflection: “… another angel coming from heaven, having great authority, and the earth became illumined by his splendor” ~Rev 18:2 During the course of the week the readings have become more intense with the » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Revelation 15:1-4 Luke 21:12-19 Reflection: In our scriptures today from Revelation and Luke we find words of hope that are the result of a life that has as its focus, faith and perseverance. From the Book of Revelation we read: ‘remain faithful unto death, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Revelation 14:14-19 Luke 21:5-11 Reflection: Many years ago, I ran into a friend in Pittsburgh. After the pleasantries, she sought permission to ask a serious question. Should she attend the Scripture retreat being offered by Fr. Tom Bonacci, C.P. at our St. Paul of » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Revelation 14:1-3, 4b-5 Luke 21:1-4 Reflection: The Psalm refrain today echoes the plea of so many of our brothers and sisters today. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face. We can imagine for ourselves and for people across the globe » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Daniel 7:13-14 Revelation 1:5-8 John 18:33b-37 Reflection: Feast of Christ the King Today’s feast faces us with 2 problems: one apparent, the other real. Apparently stems from our American reaction to kings: We don’t like them! The word “king” conjures up images of the » Continue Reading.