Author Archive for Maurice Blumberg

Maurice Blumberg is a Jewish convert to the Catholicism, and the father of five children. He is currently the Director of Partner Relations for The Word Among Us Partners, a ministry of The Word Among Us to the Military, Prisoners, and women with crisis pregnancies or who have had abortions. Maurice was also the founding Executive Director of the National Fellowship of Catholic Men and was Chairman of the Board of The Word Among Us, a Catholic devotional magazine.

Reflections for Sunday, September 15, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, September 15, 2019

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 Responsorial: Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19 2nd Reading: 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Gospel: Luke 15:1-32 The Parable of the Prodigal Son, A Reflection of the Extravagant Mercy of God He ran to his son, embraced him […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 8, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, September 8, 2019

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Wisdom 9:13-18 Responsorial: Psalm 90:3-6, 12-17 2nd Reading: Philemon 9-10, 12-17 Gospel: Luke 14:25-33 He cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26) Hate your parents? Hate your own life? Carry a cross? That seems awfully harsh! Luke tells us […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 1, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, September 1, 2019

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 Responsorial: Psalm 68:4-7, 10-11 2nd Reading: Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24 Gospel: Luke 14:1, 7-14 Opening Our Doors to Others, Beyond Our Comfort Zone When you hold a banquet . . . (Luke 14:13) Doesn’t it […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 18, 2019: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, August 18, 2019: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 2nd Reading: Hebrews 12:1-4 Responsorial: Psalm 40:2-4, 18 Gospel: Luke 12:49-53 Saying Yes to God’s Call to Be an Instrument of His Peace and Reconciliation Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? (Luke 12:51) […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 11, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, August 11, 2019

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Wisdom 18:6-9 Responsorial: Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-22 2nd Reading: Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 Gospel: Luke 12:32-48 Experiencing the Presence of the Lord in Our Day-to-Day Lives Be . . . ready. (Luke 12:36) Are you ready? The servants in […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 4, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, August 4, 2019

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23 2nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11 Responsorial: Psalm 90:3-6, 12-14, 17 Gospel: Luke 12:13-21 Experiencing the Presence of the Lord in Our Day-to-Day Lives Vanity of vanities! (Ecclesiastes 1:2) Ecclesiastes is one of the most puzzling […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 28, 2019: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, July 28, 2019: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 18:20-32 Responsorial: Psalm 138:1-3,6-8 2nd Reading: Colossians 2:12-14 Gospel: Luke 11:1-13 Confidently Approaching Our Heavenly Father, Who Loves Us Teach us to pray. (Luke 11:1) We human beings are big on “how to,” aren’t we? Search on the Internet, and you will […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 21, 2019: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, July 21, 2019: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 18:1-10 Responsorial: Psalm 15:2-5 2nd Reading: Colossians 1:24-28 Gospel: Luke 10:38-42 Spending Quality Time with the Lord at His Feet Listening to Him Speak (Luke 10:49) Martha, Martha . . .(Luke 10:41) Have you ever been so absorbed in a task that […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 14, 2019: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, July 14, 2019: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Deuteronomy 30:10-14 Responsorial: Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36-37 2nd Reading: Colossians 1:15-20 Gospel: Luke 10:25-37 What Does It Mean to “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself” Who is my neighbor? (Luke 10:29) As much as we might fault this scribe for trying to […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 7, 2019: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, July 7, 2019: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 66:10-14 Responsorial: Psalm 66:1-7, 16, 20 2nd Reading: Galatians 6:14-18 Gospel: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 Keeping Our Eyes Fixed on the Lord and His Call — Not Our Past May I never boast except in the cross. (Galatians 6:14) The church in Galatia […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 30, 2019: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, June 30, 2019: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 1 Kings 19:16, 19-21 Responsorial: Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11 2nd Reading: Galatians 5:1, 13-18 Gospel: Luke 9:51-62 Keeping Our Eyes Fixed on the Lord and His Call — Not Our Past No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to […]

Sunday, June 23, 2019: Corpus Christi
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Sunday, June 23, 2019: Corpus Christi

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 14:18-20 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Responsorial: Psalm 110:1-4 Gospel: Luke 9:11-17 Experiencing the Lord’s Blessings and Presence More Deeply in the Eucharist As the day was drawing to a close . . . (Luke 9:12) Why did Jesus keep the people […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 16, 2019: The Most Holy Trinity
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Reflections for Sunday, June 16, 2019: The Most Holy Trinity

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Proverbs 8:22-31 Responsorial: Psalm 8:4-9 2nd Reading: Romans 5:1-5 Gospel: John 16:12-15 Deepening Your Relationship with the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit Everything that the Father has is mine. (John 16:15) What if someone asked you to explain the doctrine of the […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 9, 2019: Pentecost Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, June 9, 2019: Pentecost Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Acts 2:1-11 Responsorial: Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 Gospel: John 20:19-23 Pentecost, Celebrating the Gift of the Holy Spirit and Jesus’ Call for Our Lives As the Father has sent me, so I send you. (John 20:21) […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 26, 2019: Sixth Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, May 26, 2019: Sixth Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 Responsorial: Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8 2nd Reading: Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23 Gospel: John 14:23-29 Receiving Jesus’ Gift of Peace and Giving it to Others My peace I give to you. (John 14:27) Wouldn’t you like a little more peace in your […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 19, 2019: Fifth Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, May 19, 2019: Fifth Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 14:21-27 2nd Reading: Revelation 21:1-5 Responsorial: Psalm 145:8-13 Gospel: John 13:31-35 What Does It Mean to Love One Another as Jesus Has Loved Us? Love . . . one another. (John 13:34) That seems pretty easy, doesn’t it? Be nice, take care […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 5, 2019: Third Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, May 5, 2019: Third Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 5:27-32, 40-41 Responsorial: Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13 2nd Reading: Revelation 5:11-14 Gospel: John 21:1-19 Sharing in the Victory of Jesus’ Resurrection They left . . . rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor. (Acts 5:41) That’s rather odd! Wouldn’t […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 21, 2019: Easter Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, April 21, 2019: Easter Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 10:34, 37-43 Responsorial: Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 2nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 Gospel: John 20:1-9 Running to Jesus, The Risen Lord They both ran. (John 20:4) When we are sick, we run to the doctor’s. When there is a big sale at a […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 14, 2019: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, April 14, 2019: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7 Responsorial: Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24 2nd Reading: Philippians 2:6-11 Gospel: Luke 22:14-23:56 Journeying with Jesus in His Passion When the hour came . . . (Luke 22:14) One of the best ways to read the story of Jesus’ passion is to […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 7, 2019: Fifth Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, April 7, 2019: Fifth Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Isaiah 43:16-21 Responsorial: Psalm 126:1-6 2nd Reading: Philippians 3:8-14 Gospel: John 8:1-11 Encountering God’s Mercy and Giving It to Others Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more. (John 8:11) Wouldn’t you love to know what […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 24, 2019: Third Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 24, 2019: Third Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15 Responsorial: Psalm 103:1-4, 6-8, 11 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12 Gospel: Luke 13:1-9 Our God is “Gracious and Merciful, Slow to Anger and Abounding in Love and Fidelity” (Exodus 34:6) I have witnessed the affliction of my people. (Exodus […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 17, 2019: Second Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 17, 2019: Second Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 Responsorial: Psalm 27:1, 7-9, 13-14 2nd Reading: Philippians 3:17–4:1 Gospel: Luke 9:28-36 Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus and His Promises Look up. (Genesis 15:5) All three readings today urge us to do one thing: fix our eyes on heaven. In […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 10, 2019: First Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 10, 2019: First Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Deuteronomy 26:4-10 Responsorial: Psalm 91:1-2, 10-15 2nd Reading: Romans 10:8-13 Gospel: Luke 4:1-13 Treating Others as God Does, With Patience, Grace, and Love You will be saved. (Romans 10:9) In today’s second reading, St. Paul tells us that confessing that Jesus is Lord […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 3, 2019: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, March 3, 2019: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Sirach 27:4-7 Responsorial: Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:54-58 Gospel: Luke 6:39-45 Treating Others as God Does, With Patience, Grace, and Love Remove the wooden beam from your eye first. (Luke 6:42) People love to judge other people and give […]

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