Scripture: Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15 Mark 6:1-6 Reflection: Going Home In the past few months, many of us have either longed to or actually "gone home". Holidays and wintertime dreams often encourage a trip "home", to familiar surroundings, family and friends, and even with some time » Continue Reading.
The Presentation of the Lord Scripture: Malachi 3:1-4 Hebrews 2:14-18 Luke 2:22-40 Reflection: Today’s Feast of the Presentation echoes the great Advent and Christmas themes of waiting and fulfillment. In the Gospel, holy Simeon gives thanks that he has seen, at last, the promised "light » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 Mark 1:21-28 Reflection: Few prophets are remembered for saying to God’s people: "Have a good day!" or "Go with the flow!" Certainly not the Hebrew Prophets! In the Hebrew and Christian tradition, the prophets are the ones who are » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 Mark 4:35-41 Reflection: One of the wonderful traits that I see in our small grandchildren is that they have great faith in their parents. They believe that their parents can do anything and as a result, these confident grandchildren seem to » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hebrews 10:32-39 Mark 4:26-34 Reflection: In the first chapter of John’s gospel, we read about two disciples of John the Baptist who began to follow after Jesus. Jesus asked them, "What are you looking for?" There is another question that logically follows. "What is » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hebrews 10:1-10 Mark 3:31-35 Reflection: In light of the latest events in Washington, today’s Gospel is especially timely. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, it’s impossible not to wonder what could bring so many people-from so many walks of life-together in » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hebrews 10:11-18 Mark 4:1-20 Reflection: All of us have heard Mark’s Gospel about the sowing of the seed many times. I think it is one of those Gospel stories that because of its familiarity, we seldom think about the multitude of messages that it » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Jonah 3:1-5,10 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 Mark 1:14-20 Reflection: The Book of Jonah tells about the reluctant preacher Jonah, who preaches to the people of Nineveh. These are a notoriously wicked people, who hear the word of God and repent. The good news of salvation » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hebrews 9:2-3, 11-14 Mark 3:20-21 Reflection: "When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, "He is in ecstasy." The Greek word here is ex-is’-tay-mee which means to stand outside oneself or to be amazed. While those » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hebrews 8:6-13 Mark 3:13-19 Reflection: In today’s Gospel reading from Mark, we see the names of the Twelve Apostles. But before the list of names, Mark tells us that "Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to » Continue Reading.