Scripture: Jonah 4:1-11 Luke 11:1-4 Reflection: Jonah, Prophet and History Teacher The Old Testament daily readings this year (an uneven year, 2019) show God’s love enfolding the chosen people as it unfolds in their history. Next year, (an even year, 2020) the prophets are prominent » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Jonah 3:1-10 Luke 10:38-41 Reflection: Put your heart into it: The exceptional presence of the Prophet Jonah moves the wayward people of Nineveh to repentance and penitence- “by their actions they turn from their evil way.” The only thing that they needed to concentrate » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Jonah 1:1-2:2, 11 Luke 10:25-37 Reflection: Today’s scriptures ask us: “Who is our neighbor?”, a particularly relevant question I believe for me a 21st century American, whose life is pretty good—many would say privileged. Almost daily, I hear or read of neighbors who face » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hebrews 1:2-3; 2:2-4 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14 Luke 17:5-10 Reflection: Today we learned that a glacier as big as Los Angles has broken from the Northern ice cap. For the last month, much of our area of the United States has suffered drought and » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29 Luke 10:17-24 Reflection: The Church gifts us this day with an ancient reading from Baruch, Jeremiah’s secretary, who gives voice to Jerusalem as she bewails and consoles her captive children during the exile. It is an interesting concept that a city gives » Continue Reading.
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Scripture: Baruch 1:15-22 Luke 10:13-16 Reflection: Francis of Assisi: Prophet and Poet Jesus confronted the reality of evil and selfishness with his message of life and love. Some have received his message with an open heart; others have turned » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Nehemiah 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12 Luke 10:1-12 Reflection: I do not intend for this meditation to add to one’s anxiety and stress but there is a sense of urgency in the Word of God today. Ezra assembles all the people, even the “children old enough » Continue Reading.
Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels Scripture: Nehemiah 2:1-8 Matthew 18:1-5, 10 Reflection: At its heart, today’s feast of the Holy Angels is not so much about their existence, rather it is a powerful reminder of how important we are to God. Our first reading » Continue Reading.
Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus Scripture: Zechariah 8:20-23 Luke 9:51-56 Reflection: Today is the feast of the remarkable saint whose short adult life was spent in a cloistered Carmelite convent in Lisieux, France, but whose spirit captured the world. She died of » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Zechariah 8:1-8 Luke 9:46-50 Reflection: Today’s statement by Jesus is very startling. “He who is least among you all is the one who is great.” How can the least among us be great? Aren’t the great people the rich and famous, the entertainers and sports figures, the elected » Continue Reading.