Scripture: Deuteronomy 26:4-10 Romans 10:8-13 Luke 4:1-13 Reflection: We are told repeatedly in scripture that the most important thing in life, even more important than having bread to eat, is the word of God. Thankfully, we don’t have to go anywhere to find this treasure. » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 58:9b-14 Luke 5:27-32 Reflection: The Swirl of Lent Becomes a Stream of Grace I heard an artist explain why at times he paints with oils and other days with watercolors. When life is in chaos he choses oils because they stay where he » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 58:1-9a Matthew 9:14-15 Reflection: In the Spirit of today’s Gospel reflection with regards to Jesus’ explanation as to why his disciples do not fast, it struck me that we are in the age when the “bridegroom is not with us,” so to speak. » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Luke 9:22-25 Reflection: Eating lunch with a few regulars last week at the senior lunch program sponsored by the Lakeview Presbyterian Church, one of my fellow diners asked me what I was going to give up for Lent. I responded that I » Continue Reading.
Ash Wednesday Scripture: Joel 2:12-18 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 Reflection: Ash Wednesday in our time in history is an opportunity for me to fast and pray for guidance in a very troubled world. In Pope Francis’ great encyclical on climate change and inequality, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Sirach 35:1-12 Mark 10:28-31 Reflection: But offer no bribes, these He does not accept! –Sirach 35:14 Our readings today concern giving up things. When I was younger this was my whole picture of Lent: a (seemingly endless!) time to give up the things and » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Sirach 17:20-24 Mark 10:17-27 Reflection: Life and Love: All Things Are Possible For God! Today’s Gospel is another “human interest” story related by St. Mark in which Jesus witnesses to the depths of God’s love for each of us…no matter what! The story: Jesus » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Sirach 27:4-7 1 Corinthians 15:54-58 Luke 6:39-45 Reflection: “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit.” Luke 6:43-44 I have a friend who started out her young » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Sirach 6:5-17 Mark 10:1-12 Reflection: The gospel reading for today poses a strong challenge for followers of Jesus. His chronic opponents, the Pharisees, direct a question to Jesus: “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?” As Mark the evangelist notes, “they » Continue Reading.