Scripture: Jeremiah 11:18-20 John 7:40-53 Reflection: Today’s Gospel reading and the verses that precede it tell us of two ways that the people of Jesus’ time used to consider whether or not Jesus was the Messiah. First there were the people who believed in Him » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Wisdom 2:1a, 12-22 John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 Reflection: "The wicked said among themselves, Thinking not aright: ‘Let us beset the just one’…" It’s always been amazing to me how perfectly sensible our own crazy thinking can seem to us! I say this, of course, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Jeremiah 31:31-34 Responsorial Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15 Hebrews 5:7-9 John 12:20-33 Reflection: In this Gospel John writes about a group of Gentiles who want "to see Jesus." These Gentiles (or Greeks as they are called in John’s gospel) approach Philip who is from Bethsaida, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Exodus 32:7-14 John 5:31-47 Reflection: Our readings today begin with the story of the Golden Calf. You remember this episode in the life of Israel as recorded in the Torah. Moses was spending 40 days upon Mount Sinai, growing in intimacy with God. During » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12 John 5:1-16 Reflection: "There lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed." The Greek words indicate how we often feel ourselves. We feel blind in that we don’t see clearly or are in a smoky fog. We experience lameness in that » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 65:17-21 John 4:43-54 Reflection: In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus returns to Galilee, and when He is there, a royal official comes to Him and says, "Sir, come down before my child dies." Jesus replies, "You may go; your son will live." Then John » Continue Reading.
The Annunciation of the Lord Scripture: Isaiah 7:10-14, 8:10 Hebrews 10:4-10 Luke 1:26-38 Reflection: St. Irenaeus, a second century bishop, records the importance of this feast. There is also another ancient tradition that marks the death of Jesus on March 25th. Today this feast day » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hosea 6:1-6 Luke 18:9-14 Reflection: Our Lenten scripture readings are heavy ones today: sin. Hosea the prophet is excoriating the sinful ways of his fellow Jews, and the publican, in Luke’s gospel parable, is acknowledging the failures in his life. We Catholics get upset » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9 Matthew 5:17-19 Reflection: "However, take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your children » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 Reflection: Almost always I find myself lost in thought when I read or hear proclaimed the amazing parable of the "prodigal son." There is so much richness; so many applications that pertain to my own life and ministry » Continue Reading.