Scripture: Amos 6:1a, 4-7 1 Timothy 6:11-16 Luke 16:19-31 Reflection: As you know, teachers in our Catholic school systems will never get rich on their salaries, but most often, they tell me, it’s still worth it. When I was a pastor, one of our kindergarten » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Zechariah 2:5-9, 14-15a Luke 9:43b-45 Reflection: ‘Pay Attention’ Jesus tells his disciples and us! RCIA sessions began a few weeks ago here at Saint Agnes. Each week the inquirers, team and sponsors gather in the prayer circle to check in and pray. Our prayer » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Haggai 2:1-9 Luke 9:18-22 Reflection: For now, hold fast – don’t disclose my identity just yet…wait for the right time. I have experienced moments in my life that sadden me, from the time I was a child with an abusive brother, a teen with » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Haggai 1:1-8 Luke 9:7-9 Reflection: Images of recent devastations in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas and Brazil, among so many other regions of the Earth, remind us of how fragile our lives and the Earth are. Millions of our fellow human beings live at » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Ezra 9:5-9 Luke 9:1-6 Reflection: Our readings today give us a great summary of discipleship and what it means to be church. In our first reading Ezra is overcome with the guilt of his people, and acknowledges that guilt before God, describing what happened » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Ezra 6:7-8, 12b, 14—20 Luke 8:19-21 Reflection: My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it. Luke 8:21 Jesus praises his mother for “hearing and doing the word”. In the original Greek text, the words “hearing and » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Ezra 1:1-6 Luke 8:16-18 Reflection: There’s an old song entitled “God Bless the Child.” I think it was first recorded by Billie Holiday and later by Blood, Sweat and Tears, among many others. I sometimes think of the lyrics when I hear our Gospel » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Amos 8:4-7 1 Timothy 2:1-8 Luke 16:1-13 Reflection: Beloved: First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and » Continue Reading.
Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13 Matthew 9:9-13 Reflection: September 21 is the feast day of St. Matthew. Before he was called by Jesus to join his apostles, Matthew was a greedy and corrupt tax collector. In The Calling of St. » Continue Reading.
Memorial of Saint Andrew Kim Taegŏn, priest and martyr and Saint Paul Chŏng Hasang, martyr, and their companions, martyrs Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:2C-12 Luke 8:1-3 Reflection: Most of us are quite familiar with the stories of the growth of faith in the U.S. and in » Continue Reading.