Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:6-10 John 12:24-26 Reflection: One of the hallmarks of COVID is the tendency to hoard things. I remember videos of people literally running through Costco the minute it opened up so they could fill their entire cart with toilet paper. Some people » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33 Reflection: What Comes First? Finding God or Being Found by God? A line from the Carmelite and poet, Jessica Powers, came to me as I read today’s readings, “We are of Love not hunters but the » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hebrews 1:12-2:4 Matthew 17:14-20 Reflection: Today’s gospel is a story about faithlessness and faith. But it begins way back in the Book of Deuteronomy. There, a dying Moses tells the Israelites in his farewell discourse: “The Lord your God will raise up for you » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Nahum 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7 Matthew 17:14-20 Reflection: Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life » Continue Reading.
Feast of the Transfiguration Scripture: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 2 Peter 1:16-19 Matthew 17”1-9 Reflection: On this day 75 years ago, the relationship between the earth and humans changed forever. Men and women have lived on our planet about 200,000 years. During these 8,000 generations, with » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Jeremiah 31:1-7 Matthew 15:21-28 Reflection: How do you determine if a person is trustworthy? Can you actually perceive another person’s determination? How long do you have to know somebody before you realize they are truly loyal? Great friendships are built on honesty respect, acceptance, » Continue Reading.
Memorial of St. John Vianney Scripture: Jeremiah 30:1-2,12-15,18-22 Matthew 14:22-36 Reflection: Discipleship, Hope, and Healing …St. John Marie Vianney… Today the Church calls us to a deeper sense of discipleship as we meet the serious challenges of today’s health and social pandemics. The prophet Jeremiah, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Jeremiah 28:1-17 Matthew 14:22-36 Reflection: “Take courage, it is I…do not be afraid.” Jesus and the disciples had been ministering to the crowds, and it was now time to “move on”. The disciples were to precede Jesus by boat to the other side of » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 55:1-3 Romans 8:35, 37-39 Matthew 14:13-21 Reflection: During World War I, Isidore De Loor was a Passionist brother who had very simple duties and served as the doorkeeper of our Monastery in Kortrijk – some 15 kms from the front lines in nearby » Continue Reading.
Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Ligouri, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Scripture: Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24 Matthew 14:1-12 Reflection: Today is the feast of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, the 18th century Founder of the Redemptorists and a great moral theologian. He is honored as a “doctor” of » Continue Reading.