Scripture: Jeremiah 20:7-9 Romans 12:1-2 Matthew 16:21-27 Reflection: All of our Scripture readings for today speak to us about how we as Christians are to follow God’s ways and not those of the world. In our first reading from Jeremiah, as much as the prophet » Continue Reading.
Memorial of the Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:17-25 Psalms 33:1-2, 4-5, 10-11 Mark 6:17-29 Reflection: The story of the martyrdom of John the Baptist as related by Mark could be one taken directly out of a Hollywood movie (and yes, » Continue Reading.
The Feast of St. Augustine Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 Matthew 24:42-51 Reflection: Matthew’s Gospel boldly proclaims the words of Jesus: "Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come." What a dramatic warning: could the Lord come to us today » Continue Reading.
The Feast of St. Monica Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10, 16-18 Matthew 23:27-32 Reflection: Readers of the daily Scriptures have another "woe" to contemplate today. This is the sixth of seven harsh words Jesus has for this particular group of scribes and Pharisees whom he calls » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Jeremiah 31: 31-34 Matthew 16:13-23 Reflection: The first reading speaks of great changes coming to Israel’s people, changes that will come from God and will be established in a new way, not in fear and retribution, but in love. "I will place my law » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3a, 14-17 Matthew 23:23-26 Reflection: In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus continues His denunciation of the scribes and Pharisees. In the first part of our passage (Matthew 23:23-24), Jesus criticizes the Pharisees for paying attention to the minutiae of the Law, while at » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 11-12 Matthew 23:13-22 Reflection: This is one of the longest and harshest passages by Jesus in the Gospels directed against the Pharisees. They impose heavy burdens on the poor and do not do anything to alleviate their suffering. Matthew’s community is » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 22:19-23 Romans 11:33-36 Matthew 16:13-20 Reflection: So many strange and wonderful Biblical events take place on the mountains, above the ordinary plane of human endeavor. The Scriptures often challenge us to see the world from God’s eyes. Caesarea Philippi was a lush and » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Ezekiel 43:1-7ab Matthew 23:1-12 Reflection: In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus has harsh words for the scribes and the Pharisees: "…do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice." Jesus criticizes » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-14 Matthew 22: 34-40 Reflection: Do you really believe that life is more powerful than death? Do you really believe that good overcomes evil? For all people, these real life questions must be answered regardless of what religion one may be. All of » Continue Reading.