Scripture: Acts 16:11-15 John 15:26-16:4a Reflection: “I have told you this so that you may not fall away.” The community of the evangelist John lived during turbulent, polarizing times when their faith was severely tested. John wrote his gospel sometime after 85 AD, likely to » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23 John 14:23-29 Reflection: Mutatis mutandis. This Latin phrase captures where we find ourselves in our Easter journey as reflected in this Sunday’s readings. Literally, this phrase means “things having been changed that have to be changed.” Some things » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 16:1-10 John 15:18-21 Reflection: Jesus’ Tender and Redeeming Love Each year the fifty days after Easter are a kind of virtual retreat for me. You see, a long time ago when I was a student preparing for final vows with the Passionists, a » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 15:22-31 John 15:12-17 Reflection: Measure of Love Jesus said to his disciples: “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:12 The Scriptures are » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 15:7-21 John 15:9-11 Reflection: In our Gospel reading, Jesus tells His disciples to “remain” in His love. There are other translations that use the word “abide,” and I favor that word because it implies for me resting in the assurance of God’s unconditional » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 15:1-6 John 15:1-8 Reflection: I visited the family vineyard in California many times. I remember one year the plan was to graft the Merlot into Sauvignon Blanc. The process was extreme. A group of men with saws came and cut the merlot off » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 14:19-28 John 14:27-31a Reflection: How do you define success? Many would say they are successful if they achieve a desired goal, attain a benefit or favor, or even claim an elevation of status or position. Yet as we have been spending time in » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 14:5-18 John 14:21-26 Reflection: Loving Jesus…in Many Ways! Today’s Gospel selection puts it simply: Jesus invites his disciples to love him in both word and deed. He also reminds them that the Holy Spirit will come and so inflame their hearts and minds » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Acts 14:21-27 Revelation 21:1-5a John 13:31-33a, 34-35 Reflection: “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love » Continue Reading.