Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-6 Mark 1:14-20 Reflection: Jesus stands on the shore and invites Simon, Andrew, James and John to let Him take their hearts into a world beyond. A world that will include more than they have ever known, experienced or had been taught as » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Acts 10:34-38 Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 Reflection: Several years ago, while on a retreat at Mater Dolorosa, Fr. Mike Higgins gave a presentation on the baptism of Jesus. His reflections in that presentation changed my frame for Jesus’ baptism. Frankly, I naively » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 John 5:14-21 John 3:22-30 Reflection: The last recorded words of John the Baptist are pertinent as we launch into the next 34 weeks of Ordinary time with the living Christ. “He must increase, while I must decrease.” Recently, I was asked to recount » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 John 5:5-13 Luke 5:12-16 Reflection: Some years ago, during a retreat team meeting at Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center in Sierra Madre, the topic of faith came up during our discussion. Dr. Michael Downey, then part of the team, offered this comment. “The opposite » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 John 4:19-5:4 Luke 4:14-22a Reflection: People who heard Jesus were amazed at the wisdom coming from his mouth. Or at least some of them were. Others took offense at his teachings because he turned power structures on their heads. People in Jesus’ time » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 John 4:11-18 Mark 6:45-52 Reflection: By Camel or Boat, Bewildered or Awed We Go For as Witnesses The gospels this final week of Christmas season show various manifestations of Jesus’ power, not unlike the Luminous Mysteries of the rosary. Matthew who tells the » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 John 4:7-10 Mark 6:34-44 Reflection: In celebrating the Epiphany of the Lord on Sunday, we were reminded that for God there are no outsiders. All of creation is under the bright Light that came when Jesus Christ was born (“The light shines in » Continue Reading.
Feast of the Epiphany Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-6 Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6 Matthew 2:1-12 Reflection: Where do I meet Jesus, the Christ? How curious the Gospel writers include the lowest of the lowly…dirty, rag-clothed shepherds…as well as foreign upper crust magi to be the first to get » Continue Reading.