Readings: Ephesians 2:19-22 John 20:24-29 Reflection: We are, of course, all familiar with John’s account of Thomas and his refusal to believe the disciples’ miraculous news that Jesus had risen from the dead, "unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands." In » Continue Reading.
Memorial of St. Benedict, abbot Scripture: Hosea 14:2-10 Matthew 10:16-23 (387) Reflection: In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus gets His disciples ready for the persecutions they will face for following Him. He gives them encouragement, promising them that "whoever endures…will be saved." He also uses some » Continue Reading.
Readings: Amos 3:1-8; 4:11-12 Matthew 8:23-27 (378) Reflection In today’s gospel, we find the disciples once again faced with a test of faith. It is important to look at this passage in the context of Matthew’s larger account. The Twelve have just witnessed Jesus cleanse » Continue Reading.
Readings: Hosea 8: 4-7, 11-13 Matt 9: 32-38 Reflection: Today’s short gospel begins as a demoniac, who could not speak, was brought to Jesus who drives out the demon. The crowds are amazed when the mute man spoke. But the Pharisees–looking on– accuse Jesus of » Continue Reading.
Readings: Hos 2:16, 17b-18, 21-22 Mt 9:18-26 (383) Reflection: Two stories of incredible healing are interwoven in today’s Gospel. In the first, we learn that an "official" prostrates himself before Jesus and pleads for help, saying "My daughter has just died. But come, lay your » Continue Reading.
Readings: Zec 9:9-10 Rom 8:9, 11-13 Mt 11:25-30 (100) Reflection: In today’s Gospel, our Lord speaks plainly and openly to us, his children. Indeed entire books have been written about these few lines and the many revelations that they hold. Jesus speaks of his relationship » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 10:5-7, 13b-16 Matt 11:25-27 Reflection Today the Catholic calendar observes the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, patroness of the Carmelite religious order. Mt. Carmel, a coastal mountain in northern Israel, is one of the most revered holy sites of the Bible. There » Continue Reading.
Readings: Amos 9:11-15 Matthew 9:154-17 Reflection: According to Catholic Bible scholars, prophetic books typically have three over-arching themes. They are God’s passionate purpose, God’s severe punishment and God’s enduring promise. God’s prophetic message always ends in hope. And the book of the prophet Amos is » Continue Reading.