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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 […]

Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday
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Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday

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On this day we mark the Last Supper and our Lord’s institution of the Holy Eucharist. It was also the night when Judas betrayed Christ, and the eve of our Savior’s passion. Reflection. With what respect, love and ardor ought we to receive this divine food, “which maketh to live forever”!

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 […]

St. Patrick, Bishop
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St. Patrick, Bishop

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IF the virtue of children reflects an honor on their parents, much more justly is the name of St. Patrick rendered illustrious by the innumerable lights of sanctity with which the Church of Ireland shone during many ages, and by the colonies of Saints with which it peopled many foreign countries; for, under God, its […]

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 […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 24, 2019: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 24, 2019: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 Responsorial: Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:45-49 Gospel: Luke 6:27-38 Opening Ourselves in a Deeper Way to God’s Grace Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. (Luke 6:37) Jesus couldn’t have been […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 17, 2019: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 17, 2019: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-8 Responsorial: Psalm 1:1-4, 6 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20 Gospel: Luke 6:17, 20-26 Opening Ourselves in a Deeper Way to God’s Grace Blessed are you who are poor. (Luke 6:20) Who actually wants to embrace a life of poverty, mourning, […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 10, 2019: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 10, 2019: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8 Responsorial: Psalm 138:1-5, 7-8 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Gospel: Luke 5:1-11 Opening Ourselves in a Deeper Way to God’s Grace His grace to me has not been ineffective. (1 Corinthians 15:10) God’s grace seems to be all over today’s readings, […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 3, 2019: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 3, 2019: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 Responsorial: Psalm 71:1-6, 15-17 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:31–13:13 Gospel: Luke 4:21-30 Experiencing Spiritual Renewal through Our Faith in Christ Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8) Many people—scholars and everyday believers alike—consider today’s first reading to be the greatest chapter […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 20, 2019: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, January 20, 2019: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 62:1-5 Responsorial: Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Gospel: John 2:1-11 Experiencing Spiritual Renewal through Our Faith in Christ Jesus . . . revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him. (John 2:11) Jesus’ first miracle was impressive: he turned water into wine. Because it […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 13, 2019: The Baptism of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, January 13, 2019: The Baptism of the Lord

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Responsorial: Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10 2nd Reading: Acts 10:34-38 Gospel: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 The Baptism of the Lord, The Beginning of Our Salvation, Healing, and Deliverance All were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. (Luke 3:15) The […]

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