Scripture: Jeremiah 13:1-11 Matthew 13:31-35 Reflection: The smallest things can produce the biggest outcomes – today’s gospel shares the parables of the mustard seed and the yeast. Both small, seemingly insignificant items, but items that produce a huge result – the mustard seed will sprout » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 Romans 8:28-30 Matthew 13:44-52 Reflection: Who doesn’t admire King Solomon whom we hear about in today’s first reading? We all know his cunning wisdom about the disputed child and ferreting out the true mother. But we don’t always remember his » Continue Reading.
Feast of Saint James, Apostle Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:7-15 Matthew 20:20-28 Reflection: Today’s Gospel for the Feast of St. James could be added to the listing of passages where Jesus gives a new meaning to words and concepts. For example, when someone told him (Matthew » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Jeremiah 3:14-17 Matthew 13:18-23 Reflection: Understanding the Word “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Jeremiah 2:1-3, 7-8 12-13 Matthew 13:10-17 Reflection: In our Gospel reading from Matthew, Jesus answers the disciples’ question: “Why do you speak to them in parables?” His reply, quoting Isaiah, seems rathe harsh: “Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear » Continue Reading.
Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene Scripture: Song of Songs 3:1-4b or 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 John 20:1-2, 11-18 Reflection: When I think about the liturgical readings for the day, I imagine being 17 again, a junior at our Warrenton Seminary. We’ve just returned from an » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 Matthew 12: 46-50 Reflection: “And pointing to his disciples, he said, here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” In the past, when reading this » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Micah 6:1-4, 6-8 Matthew 12:38-42 Reflection: In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus is asked for a sign, ostensibly to demonstrate that He is who He says He is. But Jesus replies, “An evil and unfaithful generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given » Continue Reading.
Scripture Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 Romans 8:26-27 Matthew 13:24-43 Reflection: And the one who searches hearts knows what the intention of the Spirit is, because he intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will. -Romans 8:27 This Sunday’s Gospel puts before us three more parables » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Micah 2:1-5 Matthew 12:14-21 Reflection: ….the grace to reject all that is contrary to the name of Christ… Today’s Gospel boasts of justice – not an eye for an eye – but a justice of healing and reconciliation. Jesus chose to ‘withdraw’ from a » Continue Reading.