Scripture: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 Matthew 13:44-52 or 13:44-46 Reflection: Two weeks ago the Gospel pondered seeds, last week weeds, and this week needs. You know…cravings. Hunger. Cultural commentators remind us how many folks speak of their spiritual hunger. You’ve probably heard them: they want » Continue Reading.
The Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori Scripture: Jeremiah 26:1-9 Matthew 13:54-58 Reflection: Today’s church calendar focuses attention on St. Alphonsus Liguori, the 18the Century founder of the Redemptorist Congregation. Stark, challenging Scripture readings for today’s liturgy illuminate the spirit of St Alphonsus. The Old Testament » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21 Matthew 13:44-46 Reflection: Have you ever had a "Jeremiah Day"? We catch a glimpse of Jeremiah’s personal turmoil in today’s reading. God called Jeremiah to be a prophet, to warn the people that their ways were leading them to destruction. The » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Jeremiah 13:1-11 Matthew 13:31-35 Reflection: Sometimes the little things in life do matter! A loincloth, a mustard seed, a particle of yeast…seemingly insignificant items that reveal a most significant message! The Prophet Jeremiah is one of the Hebrew Bible’s greatest and possibly "strangest figures." » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Jeremiah 7:1-11 Matthew 13:24-30 Reflection: Today’s Gospel is another of Jesus’ well-crafted parables: interesting stories with a deeper meaning. Here and now, in the heat of mid-summer, many of us can identify with weeds in our gardens – be it our backyard gardens or » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 John 20:1-2, 11-18 Reflection: Today’s gospel tells us Mary Magdalene is the first disciple to proclaim the Resurrection. This passage also helps us understand some come to faith through the experience of the empty tomb. The Gospel of John tells us » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:1, 4-10 Matthew 13:1-9 Reflection: The theory of evolution has again emerged as a topic of conversation, and disagreement. There are those who revive an older position that evolution establishes the autonomy of our universe, and its capacity to self-beget and self-develop without » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Micah 6:1-4 Matthew 12:38-42 Reflection: Have you ever been summoned for jury duty in Superior Court? If so, then you probably remember sitting in the jury room waiting for your name to be called and possibly hoping against hope that you won’t be called » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 26:7-9, 12, 16-19 Matthew 11:28-30 Reflection: Upon first glance, it might seem that the Old and New Testament readings are making very different points today. Isaiah tells us that judgment is coming, that we have suffered often in vain and that the Lord » Continue Reading.