Scripture: James 1:1-11 Mark 8:11-13 Reflection: No human being is a stranger to suffering because suffering comes to all of us. The question, then, is not whether we will suffer, but how will we respond to it? This is one way to understand the otherwise » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Sirach 15:15-20 1 Corinthians 2:6-10 Matthew 5:17-37 Reflection: Matthew has just finished giving the Beatitudes to his disciples. In this passage he goes further and talks about the obstacles that are destructive of discipleship. The first obstacle he identifies is anger. Several years ago » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 Kings 12:26-32; 13:33-34 Mark 8:1-10 Reflection: Jesus tested his disciples. For three days, the crowd of 4,000 had followed him, listening to his teaching. But now they were in the wilderness and hungry. So what was Jesus to do? “If I send them » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 Kings 11:29-32; 12:19 Mark 7:31-37 Reflection: Two Views of Prophets With the final words of our first reading, “Israel went into rebellion against David’s house to this day”, we hear the end of the united kingdom made by David Judah and Israel. The » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 Kings 11:4-13 Mark 7:24-30 Reflection: The readings for today seem very much at odds with each other at first glance, the reading from the first book of Kings takes up the story of Solomon and his many wives who influenced him and “derailed” » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 Kings 8:22-23, 27-30 Mark 7:1-13 Reflection: Some of us remember many years ago, when Catholics were called to observe meatless Friday every week. Schools, public and Catholic, would serve grilled cheese sandwiches. The main dinner course at home was fish sticks. Even restaurants » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 Kings 8:1-7, 9-13 Mark 6:53-56 Reflection: Solomon built a magnificent temple, and threw a lavish, vast celebration enthroning the Ark of the Covenant in it. He then declared that this was the dwelling place of God, built by human hands to hold the » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 58:7-10 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 Matthew 5:13-16 Reflection: Salt and Light; Cross and Justice Our Scripture readings make a circle, each reading touching the other. They each open something in the other and ultimately invite us to rest in what God’s Word is doing » Continue Reading.