Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord Scripture: Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10Hebrews 10:4-10Luke 1:26-38 Reflection: When I picture the Annunciation, I often imagine the scene through Mary’s eyes—a young woman, betrothed, soon to leave all that she has known as a girl to begin a new » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95John 8:31-42 Reflection: If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free . -John 8:32 The Greek work used in the original inspired text » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Numbers 21:4-9John 8:21-30 Reflection: In our first reading from Numbers, the Israelites, out of frustration and exhaustion and impatience, complain against God and Moses, and God punishes them by sending saraph serpents who bite the people, and many of them die. The people repent, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Daniel 13:1-60John 8:1-11 Reflection: In ages past (the mid-1960s specifically), a group of fourteen-year-old boys knelt in chapel for the first time as the Freshman Class of Passionist Seminary. The late afternoon sun cascaded in through golden paned windows high on the chapel walls » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Jeremiah 31:31-34Hebrews 5:7-9John 12:20-33 Reflection: Amen, Amen I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. (John 12: 24) This scripture is from » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Jeremiah 11:18-20John 7:40-53 Reflection: Jeremiah, Nicodemus, you and I share a common path to discipleship. First, we have a powerful encounter with God. It is personal, often intense, sometimes gradual, but always life-changing. Second, the values by which we’ve been living, in light of » Continue Reading.
Feast of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16 Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22 Luke 2:41-51a Reflection: Today, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. While we do not know many details of St. » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Exodus 32:7-14John 5:31-47 Reflection: “…you search the scriptures…yet you refuse to come to me…” This passage seems to be a bit meandering…circling around…traversing. Where are we supposed to land? Why is it important to hear this in Lent? Scriptures…witnesses…John the Baptist…Moses…God… Jesus was right » Continue Reading.
Scriptures: Isaiah 49:8-15John 5:17-30 Reflection: Almost every day, we ask someone, “How are you?” I suspect most often they quickly respond: “I’m good,” or “I’m fine,” or perhaps even, “I’m great!” I don’t want to be a sourpuss, but occasionally I wish they’d answer: “Well, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12John 5:1-16 Reflection: Amongst the many questions that Jesus asked in his public ministry, today’s enquiry – “Do you want to be well?” would seem to reach into our very being. For surely everyone would value the gift of wellbeing both at » Continue Reading.