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.
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.