Feast of St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church Scripture: Ezekiel 36:23-28 Matthew 22:1-14 Reflection: Some people are just worth remembering. They live their lives in such a way that their peers, both friends and foes, respect them. As a result, they have a » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Ezekiel 34:1-11 Matthew 20:1-16 Reflection: How do we use our power and authority in relation to others? Do we use them to care for and help others? Or do we use them only for our own benefit, even if that means treating others unjustly? » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Ezekiel 28:1-10 Matthew 19:23-30 Reflection: “…for God all things are possible.” The rich young man had just left Jesus and the disciples and ‘went away sad, for he had many possessions’. Jesus, turns to the disciples and says ‘it will be hard for one » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Ezekiel 24:15-24 Matthew 19:16-22 Reflection: It is easy for us to identify with the rich young man in today’s gospel because most of us are so much like him. The young man asks Jesus, “Teacher, what good must I do to possess everlasting life?” » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 Matthew 15:21-28 Reflection: In this passage of Mathew’s Gospel Jesus just left the Gentile territory of Tyre and Seddon and was talking with his disciples about tearing down walls. A Canaanite woman follows after Jesus pleads with Jesus » Continue Reading.
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Scripture: Revelation 11:19a; 121-6a, 10ab Luke 1:39-56 Reflection: Today the Church celebrates the Assumption of Mary. The readings given to us are the oldest writings we have honoring Mary and they reflect a tradition that began » Continue Reading.
Feast of St. Maximillian Kolbe Scripture: Ezekiel 16:1-15, 59-63 Matthew 19:3-12 Reflection: Today we celebrate a very special feast remembering a heroic contemporary of ours, Maximillian Kolbe. His story is well known, as is his willingness to die in the place of another, all out » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Ezekiel 12:1-12 Matthew 18:21-19:1 Reflection: There is such richness with which this Gospel offers us as a way forward from unforgiveness to understanding, and compassion, however, I was reminded of a recent incident between our grandson, William, and his grandpa. Spiritual writer, Paula D’Arcy, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Ezekiel 9:1-7; 10:18-22 Matthew 18:15-20 Reflection: “Hold your eyes on God and leave the doing to him. That is all the doing you have to worry about.” St. Jane Frances de Chantal If someone were to ask you, “give me an example of faith » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Ezekiel 2:8-3:4 Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 Reflection: Unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. “Who is the greatest in heaven?” the disciples ask Jesus in today’s gospel. It is a question with which they seem almost » Continue Reading.