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, October 25, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, October 25, 2020

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30th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings:1st Reading: Exodus 22:20-26 Responsorial: Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 512nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40 What Does it Mean to Love God and Neighbor? Love the Lord. . . . Love your neighbor. (Matthew 22:37, 39) What a rough day! From […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 11, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, October 11, 2020

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28 th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10 Responsorial: Psalm 23:1-6 2nd Reading: Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 Accepting God’s Invitation to Jesus’ Wedding Banquet Many are invited, but few are chosen. (Matthew 22:14) Does this sentence give you a chill? Maybe […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 4, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, October 4, 2020

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27th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 5:1-7 Responsorial: Psalm 80:9,12-16,19-20 2nd Reading: Philippians 4:6-9 Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43 Allowing God to Nourish Us as His Vineyard and Bear Fruit For Him Let me now sing of my friend . . . concerning his vineyard. (Isaiah […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 20, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, September 20, 2020

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25th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 55:6-9 Responsorial: Psalm 145: 2-3, 8-9, 17-18 2nd Reading: Philippians 1:20-24, 27 Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16 Being Grateful That God’s Ways Are Far Above Our Own My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways. (Isaiah […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 6, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, September 6, 2020

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23 rd Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Ezekiel 33:7-9 Responsorial: Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9 2nd Reading: Romans 13:8-10 Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20 Answering God’s Call to Be Watchmen for Our Families You . . . I have appointed watchman. (Ezekiel 33:7) Just as God appointed Ezekiel […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 23, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, August 23, 2020

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21st Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 22:19-23 Responsorial: Psalm 138:1-3, 6,8 2nd Reading: Romans 11:33-36 Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20 Making Our Homes a House of Prayer He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. (Isaiah 22:21) Master of the palace: it was a […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 16, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, August 16, 2020

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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Responsorial: Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8 2nd Reading: Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 Gospel: Matthew 15:21-2 Making Our Homes a House of Prayer My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. (Isaiah 56:7) All of […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 9, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, August 9, 2020

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 1 Kings 19:9, 11-13 Responsorial: Psalm 85:9-14 2nd Reading: Romans 9:1-5 Gospel: Matthew 14:22-23 Worshipping the One True God at Mass Theirs [is] the worship. (Romans 9:3) Paul begins his long meditation on the mystery of Israel’s rejection of Christ by listing some […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 26, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, July 26, 2020

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17th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 Responsorial: Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-130 2nd Reading: Romans 8:28-30 Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52 Jesus Christ, the True Pearl of Great Price The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. (Matthew 13:45) […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 12, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, July 12, 2020

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15th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 55:10-11 Responsorial: Psalm 65:10-14 2nd Reading: Romans 8:18-23 Gospel: Matthew 13:1-23 Listening to and Putting into Practice Jesus Words and Teachings You shall indeed hear but not understand. (Matthew 13:14) Any parent can tell you what it’s […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 5, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, July 5, 2020

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14th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Zechariah 9:9-10 Responsorial: Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14 2nd Reading: Romans 8:9, 11-13 Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30 What Does It Mean to be Baptized into Jesus’ Death and Resurrection? We are not debtors to the flesh. (Romans 8:12) Whether it’s […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 21, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, June 21, 2020

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12th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 20:10-13 Responsorial: Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35 2nd Reading: Romans 5:12-15 Gospel: Matthew 10:26-33 Staying Close to the Lord and Allowing His Love to Shape Our Hearts My persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph. (Jeremiah 20:11) […]

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Reflections for Sunday, June 14, 2020: Corpus Christi

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16 Responsorial: Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 Gospel: John 6:51-58 Knowing and Experiencing the Love, Mercy, and Kindness of the Holy Trinity My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. (John 6:55) Have you ever […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 7, 2020: The Most Holy Trinity
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Reflections for Sunday, June 7, 2020: The Most Holy Trinity

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9 Responsorial: (Psalm) Daniel 3:52-56 2nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Gospel: John 3:16-18 Knowing and Experiencing the Love, Mercy, and Kindness of the Holy Trinity The Lord . . . proclaimed his name. (Exodus 34:5) Have you ever wondered why the […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 31, 2020: Pentecost Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, May 31, 2020: 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 Receiving More of the Holy Spirit’s Power and the Gifts of the Spirit They were all filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:4) Before Jesus ascended […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 24, 2020: The Ascension of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, May 24, 2020: The Ascension of the Lord

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 1:1-11 Responsorial: Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9 2nd Reading: Ephesians 1:17-23 Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20 Being Used by Jesus to Help Build the Kingdom of God Are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel? (Acts 1:6) Amazing. After three years of […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 10, 2020: Fifth Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, May 10, 2020: Fifth Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 6:1-7 Responsorial: Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-9 Gospel: John 14:1-12 Trusting in the Lord’s Great Love during Difficult Times Do not let your hearts be troubled. (John 14:1) Not troubled? That’s hard to imagine! Jesus had just predicted […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 3, 2020: Fourth Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, May 3, 2020: Fourth Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 2:14, 36-41 Responsorial: Psalm 23:1-6 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 2:20-25 Gospel: John 10:1-10 Following Jesus’ Example by Being A Shepherd for God’s People The shepherd calls his own sheep by name. (John 10:3) Good Shepherd Sunday often brings bucolic scenes to mind. […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 26, 2020: Third Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, April 26, 2020: Third Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 2:14, 22-33 Responsorial: Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11 2nd Reading: 1:17-21 Gospel: Luke 24:13-35 Knowing Jesus More Deeply through Reading and Reflecting on Scriptures Hear these words! (Acts 2:14) Have you ever heard the word kerygma? It’s a Greek word that means “the […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 19, 2020: 2nd Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, April 19, 2020: 2nd Sunday of Easter

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Divine Mercy Sunday Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 2:42-47 Responsorial: Psalm 118: 2-4, 13-15, 22-24 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9 Gospel: John 20: 19-31 Rejoicing in God’s Divine Mercy and Love, A Foundation of Our Lives Jesus came . . . and stood in their midst. (John […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 12, 2020: Easter Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, April 12, 2020: 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 Having a Personal Encounter with the Risen Lord during this Easter Season They did not yet understand. (John 20:9) Happy Easter! Christ is risen! Sin is defeated, and […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 5, 2020: Palm Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, April 5, 2020: Palm Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: Procession Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11 1st Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7 Responsorial: Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24 2nd Reading: Philippians 2:6-11 Gospel: Matthew 26:14–27:66 (or Matthew 27:11-54) Hearing Jesus’ Voice to “Come Out” of Our Tomb of Sin and Come to Him Blessed is he who comes in the […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 8, 2020: 2nd Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 8, 2020: 2nd Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion          Mass Readings:           1st Reading:        Genesis 12:1-4                      Responsorial:       Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22         2nd Reading:       2 Timothy […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 1, 2020: 1st Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 1, 2020: 1st Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7 Responsorial: Psalm 51:3-6, 12-13, 17 2nd Reading: Romans 5:12-19 Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11 Staying Faithful to Commitments/Prayer during this Lenten Season of Grace If you are the Son of God . . . (Matthew 4:3, 6) What father would send his […]