Scripture: Number 13:1-2, 25-14:1, 26-29a, 34-35 Matthew 15:21-28 Reflection: I knew all about plants, or so I thought. Then I started reading Brilliant Green, The Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence, by Stefano Mancuso and Alessandra (2015). Just reading the book’s title and inside » Continue Reading.
Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Scripture: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 2 Peter 1:16-19 Luke 9:28b-36 Reflection: On this day 74 years ago, the relationship between the earth and humans changed forever. Men and women have lived on our planet for about 200,000 years. During » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Numbers 11:4b-15 Matthew 14:13-21 Reflection: “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.” The theme of today’s readings seems pretty obvious: God provides the nourishment we need. And yet, tucked in there like a salad between courses at » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23 Colossians 3:1-5,9-11 Luke 12:13-21 Reflection: The Real Treasure The words of Jesus in today’s Gospel are very direct and challenging: “Take care to guard against all greed.” A question had come from the crowd about an inheritance issue and Jesus responds » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Leviticus 25:1, 8-17 Matthew 14:1-12 Reflection: Most of us remember a few years ago how Pope Francis declared the liturgical year, “The Year of Mercy.” He heightened the importance of it by making it a Jubilee Year. Since Jubilee Years only occur once every » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Leviticus 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37 Matthew 13:54-58 Reflection: God is so often closer than we think. It’s just that sometimes we don’t recognise God’s action and presence when it is right there in front of our faces. Indeed, it’s one of the glaring » Continue Reading.
Feast of Saint Alphonsus Liguori Scripture: Exodus 40:16-21, 34-38 Matthew 13:47-53 Reflection: Today is the feast of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, the founder of the Redemptorists. He was a bishop, a revered spiritual writer, and perhaps most notably, a leading moral theologian. In many ways, the » Continue Reading.
Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola Scripture: Exodus 34:29-35 Matthew 13:44-46 Reflection: Jesus said to his disciples: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Exodus 33:7-11; 34:5b-9 Matthew 13:36-43 Reflection: Our story, our history, is found in the Old Testament. Each book we find there tells another part of the story. So if we think of Genesis as the story of our beginning, then we might consider Exodus » Continue Reading.