Scripture: Isaiah 29:17-24 Matthew 9:27-31 Reflection: “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” With these words Jesus, in today’s passage from Matthew’s gospel, opened the eyes of two blind men who had nagged him to have pity on them. Have you ever » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 26:1-6 Mattehw 7:21, 24-27 Reflection: The local university offers a course on ultimate questions. As a Pastor, the one big question people ask in my ministry is the assurance of going to heaven. It seems no matter how much is written on topics » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-10a Matthew 15:29-37 Reflection: In today’s Gospel, Jesus walks by the Sea of Galilee and encounters “great crowds” of needy folks: the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute. And their friends placed them at Jesus’ feet, and He cured them! Noting their » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10 Luke 10:21-24 Reflection: The readings for this first Tuesday in Advent are filled with the spirit of this season. In the Gospel (Luke 10:21-24) Jesus, “rejoicing in the Holy Spirit,” exuberantly praises his father for having revealed the hidden beauty of the » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 4:2-6 Matthew 8:5-11 Reflection: It is somewhat ironical that a ‘pagan’ – a Roman centurion – has given us one of the more intimate and humble acclamations of our faith. His words to Jesus, slightly amended, and made personal for our individual voices » Continue Reading.
First Sunday of Advent Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-5 Romans 13:11-14 Matthew 24:37-44 Reflection: This first Sunday of Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical year; it is also the year of Matthew’s Gospel when the worldwide church will be hearing passages each Sunday from this » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Romans 10:9-18 Matthew 4:18-22 Reflection: Take a moment to look at your feet. Are they ugly or beautiful? In our gospel today we hear about the call of the first apostles, Andrew and Peter, James and John. They were fishermen. I’ll bet their feet » Continue Reading.
Thanksgiving Day (USA) Scripture: Daniel 6:12-28 Luke 21:20-28 Reflection: Today, in the United States, we gather to celebrate the national holiday of Thanksgiving! It is a day when we pause to give thanks for the many blessings we have. We gather to eat special foods, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28 Luke 21:12-19 Reflection: They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. -Luke 21:12 How many times » Continue Reading.