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.