Scripture: Exodus 3:13-20Matthew 11:28-30 Reflection: As I read today’s Gospel, I am struck by the personal invitations Jesus gives us in this brief passage. Our Lord starts with such a beautiful, open invitation to come to Him. Not when we are filled with self-reliance, feel » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12Matthew 11:25-27 Reflection: The Gospel today is an invitation to a more uncomplicated relationship with God. We have all returned to times as a child when all seemed simpler and easier. While this may not be true of all childhoods, I can » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Exodus 2:1-15aMatthew 11:20-24 Reflection: Several years ago, I overheard a gentleman say to his traveling partner, “we have arrived in Sodom and Gomorrah.” I was a bit taken aback as I had thought we had landed in Los Angeles, California. They were traveling on » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Exodus 1:8-14, 22Matthew 10:34-11:1 Reflection: Fear can make us do terrible things; it can lead to unspeakable violence. That’s one inescapable lesson from today’s first reading from Exodus. The Egyptians, following the example of their king, are alarmed because the Israelites, who were immigrants, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Amos 7:12-15Ephesians 1:3-14Mark 6:7-13 Reflection: “Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two…” (Mark 6:7) Some quick Greek and Latin lessons in order to better appreciate today’s Gospel. The Greek word for “to send out” is apostello. The term » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Genesis 49:29-32; 50:15-26aMatthew 10:24-33 Reflection: Recently it hit the news that emails of government and health officials have been made public. This is not the first time. We know that such email messages convey comprehensive information about the writer, including what that person believed, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Genesis 44:18-21, 23b-29, 45:1-5Matthew 10:7-15 Reflection: Salvation and Peace God is into saving lives not destroying them. We save lives when we bring the word of God to people who do not know Him. People bring peace to their homes when they acknowledge him » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Genesis 41:55-57; 42:5-7a, 17-24aMatthew 10:1-7 Reflection: Jesus summoned his Twelve disciplesand gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them outand to cure every disease and every illness. -Matthew 10:1 I can’t imagine throwing my brother under the bus or as the story goes » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Genesis 32:23-33Matthew 9:32-38 Reflection: Recently I met a young mother of five to arrange for her children to attend a Catholic school this fall. We also planned for her to work with Habitat for Humanity to someday own her own home. Several years ago, » Continue Reading.