Scripture: Ezekiel 36:23-28 Matthew 22:1-14 Reflection: It’s fun to wrestle with the paradoxes of Scripture. At one point Jesus says, "Peace is my gift to you, my peace I want to leave you," but in another place Jesus says, "I didn’t come to bring peace, » Continue Reading.
Feast of St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church Scripture: Ezekiel 34:1-11 Matthew 20:1-16 Reflection: Well, it happened! The whole world watched Michael Phelps swim into Olympic history and claim the title of "the greatest Olympian of all time!" While we watched this amazing » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Psalms 67: 3, 5-6, 8 Romans 11: 13-15, 29-32 Matthew 15: 2-18 Reflection: All four readings in today’s liturgy speak of the love of a God who has no boundaries. The God of today’s readings embraces diversities: geographical, ethnical, and theological. » Continue Reading.
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Scripture: Revelations 11:19a, 12:1-6a, 10ab 1 Corinthians 15:20-27 Luke 11: 27-28 Reflection: The Solemnity of Our Lady’s Assumption is "the summer feast" for those of us in the Northern hemisphere. I remember as a young boy, this feast, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Ezekiel 28:1-10 Matthew 19:23-30 Reflection: In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus talks to His disciples about the difficulty of the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Some people interpret the image of "the eye of a needle" as a low or narrow passageway. But » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Ezekiel 12:1-12 Matthew 18:21-1-:1 Reflection: There are times when we feel we are accomplishing very little with our lives. We get "down" on ourselves, and appreciate any "upper" that might give us a sense of our dignity and worth. We have such help in » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:12-2:4 Matthew 17:14-20 Reflection: Today’s Gospel tells the story of the disappointed man who brings his mentally ill son to the apostles for a cure. Because of their little faith, Jesus says, his disciples were not able to help him. Then Jesus challenges » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Ezekiel 9:1-7, 10:18-22 Matthew 18:15-20 Reflection: Jesus said to his disciples: "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33 Reflection: One of the ways Gospel teaching unfolds is through Jesus’ use of contrast. Whether it’s the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18:10ff) or Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16:19ff), the » Continue Reading.
The feast of St. Dominic Scripture: Nahum 2:1,3, 3:1-3 Matthew 16:24-28 Reflection: As today the Olympics begin in Beijing, China, the Church celebrates the life of one of its "Olympians": St. Dominic helped the Church "run the race" in the late 1100’s and early 1200’s, » Continue Reading.