Scripture: Daniel 2:31-45 Luke 21:5-11 Reflection: It’s Complicated was a 2009 movie starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin that chronicled a, well, complicated relationship. It was probably more than complicated. It was messy. This week families and friends gather for Thanksgiving, a cherished holiday for » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20 Luke 21:1-4 Reflection: In our Scripture readings for today, we find some aspects of what it means to be a disciple. In our first reading from Daniel, we are introduced to Daniel and his companions, Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael. They are » Continue Reading.
Feast of Christ the King Scripture: 2 Samuel 5:1-3 Colossians 1:12-20 Luke 23:35-43 Reflection: Today’s Gospel contains one of the most beautiful prayers in the whole Scripture! The felon crucified with Jesus begs Him: “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” Lk 23:42 » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 Maccabees 6:1-13 Luke 20:27-40 Reflection: Throughout my ministry, I have to confess that I haven’t really preached on either 1 or 2 Maccabees. These books are indeed filled with feats of heroism and victories on the battlefield against oppression, but I never warmed » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 Maccabees 4:36-37, 52-59 Luke 19:45-48 Reflection: Today’s gospel is so provocative. After Jesus’ display of frustration in the temple area, the Chief Priests, the scribes and the leaders were seeking to put Him to death. The last line is my favorite. The one » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 Maccabees 2:15-29 Luke 19:41-44 Reflection: As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace– but now it is hidden from your eyes. Luke 19:41 Peace is elusive. It » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 2 Maccabees 7:1, 20-31 Luke 19:11-28 Reflection: In our first reading today, we hear an account of the suffering of one of the most courageous women in the history of Israel, the Mother of the seven Maccabean martyrs. She, along with her seven sons, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 2 Maccabees 6:18-31 Luke 19:1-10 Reflection: But preferring a glorious death to a life of defilement, . . . (Eleazar) went forward of his own accord to the instrument of torture, as people ought to do who have the courage to reject the food » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63 Luke 18:35-43 Reflection: The setting for this periscope is the road to Jerusalem for pilgrims. It was customary for Rabbis to preach to their congregates along the way. People would gather along the road to listen to the » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Malachi 3:19-20 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12 Luke 21:5-19 Reflection: As we approach the end of the church year, we might expect a word of reassurance and encouragement. But that is not what we are given in today’s gospel. Instead of comfort and consolation, Jesus describes » Continue Reading.